Business Analytics Plays Key Role in Ethical Data Management

Oct. 25, 2019

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There is an urgent need for ethics standards and protocols in data analytics and management, according to Arthur Delsing, manager of business analytics projects in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona.

In a recent Information Management editorial, Delsing noted how the explosion of data has resulted in “incredible opportunities for unauthorized access or release of private information.” He is concerned that the frequency of data breaches is causing “data breach fatigue” among consumers, resulting in consumer malaise regarding data security.

“We too often fail to emphasize what data breaches could really mean to the individual—e.g., financial ruin, loss of security clearance—which often have a ripple effect on the economy,” he says.

The solution? Get proactive. Delsing recommends the “formation of a global governance body to establish protocols for the ethical use and protection of data.” Because, he concludes, “when we include ethics into the data management equation, everyone benefits.”

At the Eller College, ethical data management is a core component of our one-year Master’s in Business Analytics program. Learn more about the Eller Master’s in Business Analytics by completing the form.

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