Big data is a ubiquitous topic in the legal blogosphere. We’re told data proliferation is an inevitable force – and to a large extent, it is. We’re told letting it remain untethered is a recipe for disaster. True: data overload is real and can have worrying legal implications. However, the emphasis in these conversations always seems to be on finding ways to slay the data beast, to stop it in its inexorable track.
This is the wrong way to approach it. The beast cannot be slayed. It can only be tamed — if that.