To protect or collect? Germany’s big data divide

Berlin — 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? The answer will shape how German industry approaches the next decades: by seeking to dominate the Internet of Things by hoovering up as much data as possible or using high privacy standards as an argument to Buy German.

Author: Janosch Delcker


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