BYLINE: JULIE LEMON, Associated Press WriterFor the first time in a century, we are living in a clouded world, one in which data from a variety of sources is stored in virtual clouds, where no one has to think about the physical world.
The technology that enables this new paradigm is called “data fusion,” and it is being used by the likes of Google, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft to store and analyze huge amounts of data in a manner that is never accessed.
The idea is that data from disparate sources — like Google’s search data — is combined into one giant stream of information that can be analyzed for insights and used to improve the world.
Data fusion is now commonplace in the private sector and is becoming more prevalent in the government.
It has allowed businesses to use large amounts of their data to make strategic investments and create products and services that they might not have otherwise, and is helping to build the next generation of the Internet.
It’s a system that has the potential to change the way we live, work and play, said Paul Hoeven, a professor of information technology and innovation at Stanford University.
But the idea has been largely overshadowed by what he called the cloud.
The cloud is a data storage medium that is inherently linked to the internet.
There are no physical walls between the cloud and the internet, so it is impossible to block it from accessing information or accessing data.
In other words, the cloud can access everything.
And if a computer or device can access the cloud, it can read, store and process data from all over the world — including, in many cases, the content of private communications.
That makes data fusion a powerful tool for a range of purposes, including the ability to keep tabs on the whereabouts of people or to control an economy.
But it is also a technology that is ripe for abuse and manipulation.
The problem is that there are two kinds of people who can misuse this new technology.
The first is the very rich and powerful.
They have enormous data and a tremendous amount of control over how it is stored and accessed, said Hoeving.
The second group is the rest of us who don’t have the means to make a lot of money off this new digital world, or at least a lot that isn’t worth a lot.
The way data fusion works is that each source of data is then combined into a stream of data, a virtual cloud, and the data is stored on computers, devices and even the cloud itself.
A cloud is used by governments and corporations to store large amounts the vast majority of the world’s data.
But while data fusion has been used for years to store a vast amount of data from the internet to help monitor and monitor a global economic system, there is a growing recognition that the technology is becoming a threat to privacy and privacy rights in many of its applications.
That’s because the technology allows people to collect, store, process and share information that could be very valuable, but is in the process of being abused by people or companies that would like to monetize it, said Michael Geist, a former federal judge and director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center.
This has led to a growing number of laws, including ones in the U.S. and the U, that allow companies to seek to control the data that is stored by data fusion, Geist said.
That is one of the problems with this, Geism said.
If you can control data fusion in the cloud it becomes a sort of virtual prison.
But as the world of data continues to evolve, the idea of privacy and rights being eroded is being increasingly pushed to the back burner.
In the United States, there has been a gradual shift away from privacy rights being upheld in the name of data fusion and toward the notion of a data breach or privacy breach, said Jennifer Granick, a privacy attorney at the Center for Democracy and Technology.
This has been driven by the growing need to protect financial data, and by an increasingly sophisticated view of how information can be used for commercial gain.
The trend is toward greater reliance on cloud-powered systems, including those that are owned by data brokers, according to data firm Sysco.
In Europe, a series of bills, most recently in the European Parliament, has been pushed to make it easier for companies to demand data from their customers.
In some cases, companies are demanding personal information from customers in the hope that it will be used to sell to other companies.
And in the United Kingdom, there are calls to strengthen privacy rules in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations, which exposed the extent of U.K. government surveillance of British citizens and their communications.
Privacy experts and tech companies say they do not think these changes will have a significant impact on the business model of cloud computing, which is already a profitable industry.
And they argue that it is still a new technology that needs to be embraced by businesses and governments.
But data fusion