6 February, 2018
To Protect Or Collect? Germany’s Big Data Divide
Big data is Germany’s future. Problem is, its leaders can’t agree on how to use it.
Amid talks on forming a government, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc and the Social Democrats are hammering out the country’s digital strategy for the next four years.
Both sides agree that e-government, big data and expanded fast internet will be crucial for Germany’s economic future. But they are miles apart on this central question: How should the millions of terabytes of data generated each day in a digitized economy be regulated?