Data Tracing Technology

Group 36

Big data has become a worldwide trend nowadays, which is related to the data tracking technology and internet engineering. On the one side, some people hold the view that data tracking benefits to the development of the businesses. However, the others express concern about their private secret and the relative drawbacks of data tracking. This paper would talk about the engineer’s responsibility and ethical problems of the development of data tracking technology in two sides.

Data Tracking, the Activator of Development

With the rapid development of the big data conception, data tracking is considered as the basic management technology of internet engineering. It provides information for both the administrative departments and the enterprises, such as the growth of GDP or the new market tendency. Although some moral side effects of data tracking have been exposed to public, for example the information safety, this technology does contribute to the social progress.

Data tracking can be divided into two parts in terms of the individual privacy. Projects such as the natural disasters prediction, which not only benefits the human, but also has no privacy invasion, should be supported confirmedly. For instance, the seismology bureau may predict the level and aftershocks of an earthquake by collecting wave length and then tracking it in the database. Meanwhile, similar method can be applied to the weather prediction especially the El Nino phenomenon. Data tracking provides the advanced time for dealing with these disasters.

Another project that has nothing thing to do with the privacy is the business questionnaire or market survey. Data tracking here means collecting data of the customers with their permissions or the collecting process is based on the general environment instead of the individuals. It would help the business companies understand the customers’ demands, company financial information as well as the products selling situation. By creating a data model for prediction, enterprises can adjust their products structure for the considerable profits. Marketing feedbacks and customers’ options are nonnegligible especially to the big companies like Apple and IBM.

The black and white (do or not do) strategy is not suitable for the projects related to the individual privacy. Cooperation is usually required for these circumstances, which means finding an alternative way to solve the problem.

To prevent the phenomenon of privacy leaking, the government should perform a role of the agent. Some important individual information such as the identity information and biological characteristics (fingerprints) need to be protected by the governmental departments. Other organizations have no access to such information unless they achieve the licenses from the government. For example, if a private clinic wants the physical conditions of the patients for official medical institutions, the written agreement is necessary. Also, instead of the government, all data tracking companies should be responsible for the safety of customers’ information, like the online map company or the smart watch company.

From the intuition and common sense, the data tracking technology expands the financial interests of enterprises and facilitates people’s lives greatly. Meanwhile, it reduces the risk of unknown disasters. Further, if all the data tracking process are carried out refer to the relative laws and regulations, it can be recognized formally. In consequence, the advance of this technology is promising and moral.

Data Tracking, an Immature Technology

In addition to the above-mentioned benefits, data tracking still has some drawbacks which limit its application on both individuals and the society. The information safety and the data accuracy are unsatisfactory at the moment. Therefore, it may suffer the troubles from the laws and moral code if these disadvantages are neglected.

Considering the hazards of data tracking, the shortcomings should be avoided. Firstly, the invasion of personal privacy has the priority with respect to human morality perspective. Some searching engines can record the searching results which leaves personal information completely naked. As a result, large quantity of the junk information about what you are interested in will pile up, even some illegal acts like fraud are caused. The public does not provide their privacy voluntarily, which also largely violates human rights and ethics. Meanwhile, the data updating speed is beyond imagination, which means it is a considerable challenge for timely tracking and processing data. The heavy work of data processing extends the working time of engineers, which will be physically and mentally harmful.

Secondly, it has the problem of converting mass data into effective information from a huge database. The existing technique is not mature enough so governments have to increase investments to personnel and technology which increase economic burdens of the country. Moreover, a large number of internet users can generate massive data at a time, so the maximizing of online effect will lead to the superposition of various social contradictions. The national economy relies on big data, but once the national database is damaged, massive of confidential disclosures will seriously affect country’s security interests.

In terms of the efficiency of information transfer, data tracking based on the technical premise of big data which means more information sources need to be processed. Data mining in the era of big data is like ‘finding a needle in a pile of straw’. The biggest problem is how to find this needle when being confront with a situation that many straws look like needles. Meanwhile, with the increasing awareness of network security, 24% of PC users have installed blocking software on computers according to the study by IAB (Internet Architecture Board). This action brings difficulties to the operation of the data tracking technology and certainly reduce the efficiency of information transformation.

The privacy problem of data tracking has not been solved satisfactorily. It is undeniable that, data tracking provides the chances for criminals to steal important information. Also, it increases the burden of both the countries and engineers from the financial and social perspective. Therefore, when the technology is evaluated from both intuition and conduct codes, it is crude and immature, a strict supervision system must be applied to monitor the technology.

42 thoughts on “Data Tracing Technology

  1. There are a number of areas where you can expand your article.

    1. Please tell your reader what data tracking is? Don’t assume they know, or worse let them ‘run’ with their own definition. Establish a common ground with your reader. Tell them how you define data tracking.

    2. Why do we need data tracking? What can/do we use it for? What are the ethical justifications (recall the four theories) for using data tracking? Earthquake aftershocks are a great starting point.

    3. Why should we be concerned by data tracking? Again, what are the ethical justifications (recall the four theories) against using data tracking?

    1. Firstly, people should establish the database by collecting relative data. For example, different kind of earthquake waves should be collected if people want to predict an earthquake. Then, the data tracking means searching the database to find out the similar or the relative data. In the earthquake case, it is a matching process to find out a similar wave frequency. Then a reliable result or conclusion can be figured out.

  2. Firstly, you should talk a little more about the data tracking technology. Then, based on you description, I can understand that this technology really helps the business or forecasting natural disasters . However, do you think the government can really prevent the phenomenon of privacy leaking?

    1. It helps, but the government cannot prevent this phenomenon absolutely. Therefore, it is an ethic problem that should people use data tracking for their own interests without the consideration of ethic or legal problems.

  3. It helps, but the government cannot prevent this phenomenon absolutely. Therefore, it is an ethic problem that should people use data tracking for their own interests without the consideration of ethic or legal problems.

  4. Data tracking technology does bring convenience to life, but as the blog says, it also has many negative effects. For me, I am more concerned with the disclosure of personal information, such as phone numbers, emails, and even name photos. These situations will bring us a lot of troubles, such as harassing phone calls, advertising messages, etc. Some people even use our personal information to profit from it. Therefore, I think that this technology must take stricter and stricter regulations to prevent such situations from happening.

  5. Firstly, the article describe the advantages and disadvantage clearly, that is good, but, people may still confusing if the law can eliminate the privacy disclosure effectively. Also, I think there is another point can be discussed. As I known, many people are willingly to obtain more convenience at the expense of some personal information, maybe, the big data is the necessity of development, regardless of the perfect law or regulations?

  6. This article clearly explains the importance of big data in human society and its negative impact on people. Big data has great significance for the climate phenomenon. Through the collection of data, data analysis leads to favorable conclusions for people. For example, the El Niño phenomenon. This result can promote human progress. But it cannot be linked to morality. This puzzles me.

  7. 1.What is “online effect”? Why will it lead to the superposition of various social contradictions.?

    2. For the “national database”, “massive of confidential disclosures” is not that realistic, this kind of thing may only always happen in movies…

    3. Why should engineers find a “needle”? you just said the database is used to analyse the overall tendencies rather than individual details. I think it is a paradox.

    These are all my personal opinions, no offence.

    I am from group 27, welcome to share your ideas about our blog, especially the first part–flood control. Thank you!

  8. This article does not give a particularly clear definition for data tracking overall, but through relatively specific and clear pros and cons analysis I can directly understand the vital impacts of data tracking on people’s lives and development of society.
    For non-personal privacy aspects, utilizing the data tracking to alert earthquakes, weather, and other natural disasters, can significantly reduce major losses. However, information security is the biggest hidden danger in the era of big data. People are very sensitive and repellent when it comes to personal privacy issues.
    If the government department is to be regarded as a role of the regulator, then what monitoring system and monitoring technology will be adopted to truly cause the public to be convinced, thereby better popularizing the technology of data tracking with the advent of the era of big data.

  9. I am curious about the detailed meaning of data tracking, it looks like including a lot of different scientific conceptions. That means if you want to expand the part of the leaking of privacy, you should better define one angle.
    Supervision is important, it should be thought in more details, government is a direct choice, however, what’s the bad effect of the supervision from the government department?
    So my idea is, before supervision, what the internet company should do is paying more attention to how to negotiate with their customers and let them vividly know what rights they have concerved and what extent of privacy they are losing.

  10. Firstly, the range of the whole article is a little bit wide which made readers confusing about the key points of data tracing. It would be better to focus on one phenomenon and discuss its ethical justification in both sides. Secondly, just as the mentioned before, the definitions of some terms are clear enough to understand, which have also effected the understanding of the whole article. Thirdly, there is no graphs or tables to help readers have a better understanding of the peoblem and ethical justification cycle is not clear enough.
    Therefore, my suggestion is to choose one specific topic which relevant to data tracing and then focus on its ethical problem.

  11. 1. The development of data analysis and mining may have the side effect on the privacy and security. However, the related communication protocols and security algorithms are proposed to solve the problem. The situation of leaking personal or business information is getting better recently. There is nothing wrong with the data tracing technology itself.

    2. In software engineering, data tracing involves a specialized use of logging to record information about a program’s execution. For example, the Taobao may trace the users’ browsing history to present the best commodities for them. In that point, the data tracing is helpful for both guests and merchants.

    In my opinion, the data privacy and security are of great importance in big data times. The key point is to establish a treaty which can restrict the malicious behavior of data tracing in data privacy and security fields. The data tracing must be regularize and standardized.

  12. The structure of the entire article is very clear and also conducive to my reading. The author clearly described the advantages and disadvantages of data tracking in daily life and company operations. However, because of the lack of definition of data tracking, it is not very acceptable for some readers who are not clear about this concept. On the other hand, the article describes the point about national security. I think this is a good starting point, but the author just described it in a simple way and did not delve into ethical issues in this area.
    The article has obvious use of the ethical cycle, which is good, but the description is blunt and lacks specific argumentation information. Therefore, compared with the discussion about advantages and disadvantages of tracing data from the entire society level, authors should conduct moral judgments on a specific issue.
    In addition, there are some descriptions of technical issues in data tracking that I think are unnecessary in such an article because we are discussing the ethical issues rather than the professional nature of data tracking.

  13. The article points out that the merits of data tracking can be divided into two aspects based on whether or not personal privacy is violated. This is very good. The two examples given in the article on natural disasters for predicting weather and earthquakes are very representative. If they are discussed in more depth, it should be a good ethical issue. The content given in some articles concerning personal privacy is a bit too broad, especially for the definition of government agencies to obtain information and companies to obtain user information is not clear. There should be differences between these two points.

  14. While discussing the advantages and disadvantages of data tracking, the article also conducted a preliminary assessment of the entire ethical issues. For some aspects, the author points out some methods that the government can provide to solve privacy issues. This is good. In addition, the author describes in detail the solution to the personal privacy of the user in this field by taking the private clinic as an example.
    At the same time, the article also discusses data tracking from the aspect of corporate economy, but I think this is not necessary in such a limited number of articles, because not only is it not deep, it also allows non-professionals to have some confusion about the concept of data tracking.

  15. The structure of the article is very clear. It discusses the pros and cons of data tracking for individuals and companies in both positive and negative terms. However, the lack of links and transitions between the two parts makes the reader’s understanding not too easy to change.
    Because data tracking is a big issue, the author has tried to summarize all the problems it involves. The starting point is good, but due to lack of expertise, the article information is not clear. I think the author can discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a specific issue in data tracking and then conduct a moral evaluation. After that, according to the your personal expertise, the overall solution is proposed. This should be more conducive to readers’ understanding and information transfer.

  16. This article does not give a specific defination of data tracking, and the main reasons why human beings need data tracking at present have not been thoroughly illustrated. However, this article has a very clear structure. By comparing specific and clear advantages and disadvantages of data tracking in this article, I can directly understand the significant impact of data tracking on people’s lives and social development, and I believe it plays the most important role in the whole article. In my opinion, data points must be normalized and data fields must be restrictive. Besides, data privacy must be a formal data area. The key is to establish a treaty that can limit data tracking and malicious behavior in data privacy and security areas.

  17. The article mentioned that large companies such as Apple and IBM use data tracking to obtain market feedback and make customer choices. The authors use this part as a benefit of data tracking. But at the same time, the behavior of these companies also involves the infringement of customer information, so this is also a serious ethical issue. But the author ignored this aspect.

  18. This article on data tracking analyzes many phenomena in today’s society and conducts some moral analysis. The authors elaborate on the application of data tracking in commercial and natural disasters. However, the disadvantages of the latter part are not greatly related to the advantages of the previous ones, which made me feel a bit confused. The author gives some of his own judgments and solutions to the problems mentioned in the article. These are very good. However, the author did not respond to every question. In other words, the scope of the issues involved in the article itself is too extensive, so it cannot be analyzed one by one.

  19. The article describes the advantages and disadvantages of data tracking in two parts. In the second part, the author mentioned that due to the leakage of information, it will cause some illegal problems, such as fraud. This is a good starting point for moral judgments, but the author used only a short language to describe it. I think that the author should analyze this issue more because it is suitable for ethical evaluation due to the legal issues arising from data tracking than the issues concerning national security stated later.
    Moreover, the author stated the various aspects of data tracking and covered a wide range of issues. But don’t forget that this is an article with limited number of words, so it is impossible to complete a more comprehensive analysis within a limited space.

  20. The article is clearly divided into two parts in both positively and negatively to state the data tracking problem. I felt very clear during my reading. However, as mentioned in the previous commentary, I am not a person who has a lot of knowledge on data tracking, so I do not understand some of the concepts in the article. For example, the author put forward the part that the data tracking will increase the national economic burden. As an ordinary person, I do not know the connection between the two.

    At the same time, I agree with the author’s statement that the government is involved in the management of data tracking. After all, in the face of many moral issues related to interests, only the government’s support can reduce the illegal activities.

  21. The article points out the problems between big data technology and information transfer efficiency. I think this is more of a technical issue than a moral issue. And I do not quite understand the author’s expression of “find a needle in a pile of straw.” Moreover,I think it is a normal ethical behavior for computer users to install software on their computers to stop software from reducing the chance of information being infringed, and it should not be a disadvantage of data tracking technology.

  22. First of all, I think the structure of this article is relatively clear. I can directly understand the advantages and disadvantages of data tracking technology in the context of big data. However, the scope of the article is slightly broader, and it seems that I have not found an angle with a more detailed and specific explanation, even I don’t know what the data tracking technology really is.

    From the dialectical analysis above, we can see that this technology has many advantages, not only can provide priority time for dealing with many natural disasters, but also can provide favorable information feedback for many companies, and there is no need to abandon the application of this technology. However, the public is very sensitive to the problem of privacy leakage. For the supervision of this technology, I think the government needs support.

    I am very curious about that the government needs to propose what kind of regulatory strategies and measures are , which has a huge potential impact on the development of this technology.

  23. 1. The author used a lot of words to simply describe some phenomena related to data tracking and lacked analysis of practical problems. And the lack of relevance text between the statements of each part makes the reader not quite understand what the author really wants to say.

    2. With regard to this part of the information processing speed, I think the author has deviated from the analysis of the problem of data tracking itself. The extensibility of the article is good, but this part is not seems much related to the context.

    3. There is not enough moral analysis in the shortcomings and does not give the reader a reasonable conclusion. And summing up the burden of engineers mentioned in the paragraph, I think it can’t be a summary of the article.

  24. This is an article on moral judgments, but I didn’t get much information on moral issues from the author’s narrative. The author does analyze the status of data tracing and also proposes some solutions that can be improved which is good. After this the author should carry out his analysis of whether this ethical issue can be accepted, rather than merely clarifying the issue.

  25. It a widely used technology nowadays. You raised many advantages and disadvantages of this kind of technology. It is very clear. However, if you can add more dialectical discussion, it will be better. For example, you can improve it in utilitarianism. On one aspect, it benefits for human beings life, whatever visible or invisible aspects. Is this technology contribute to our happiness? Or this technology damage our happiness?

  26. This article has conducted a more extensive dialectical analysis of data tracking technology, and I can roughly understand the development and application of this technology at this stage.

    In general, this technology is very useful for people’s lives in addition to the shortcomings of personal privacy and security. From intuition and common sense, it expands the economic interests of enterprises and greatly facilitates people’s lives. At the same time, it can reduce the risk of unknown disasters.

    In my view, I hope this technology can develop better and I also agree that government supervision is needed. However, based on the level of government supervision, which level of personal information needed to be protected needs to be defined in advance.

  27. 1. Firstly, the article lacks some explanations for professional vocabulary, and some analysis on data tracking issues is a bit far-fetched. On the other hand, there is picture or tables in the full text, which is not good for the reader’s understanding of the overall article, and it is easy to be tired during my reading.
    2. Secondly, the article mentioned that the damage to the national database would leak information and thus affect the national security interests. I think this is a good analysis of the moral issues. The author can analyze the problem from the opposite direction and track the good side of the national security to contrast.
    3. Thirdly,the article concludes with a summary of the technical aspects of data tracking, but the author’s analysis of advantages and disadvantages did not mention many technical issues. So why is the final summary that many problems arise because the technology of data tracking is not mature?

  28. I think only government’s power is not enough to avoid data leakage. Since we cannot ignore some events that hackers’ invading of the national database. I think the update of new technologies is more important. However, I support the idea that data tracking has become an indispensable part of our lives.

  29. The structure of the entire article is very clear, but the author has given too many directions about the advantages and disadvantages of this technology, and there is no specific point for in-depth analysis.

    In particular, the entire article did not use the framework of the ethical cycle to discuss, you can try to use utilitarianism to judge the technology is not in accordance with the moral principles.

  30. I think the author’s context lacks connectivity, so it is not easy for readers to read it. I think that data tracking is generally good. It can help us solve many problems in life and bring a lot of convenience. However, the privacy issue should really attract attention.

  31. Very good article! The author has a clear logic and gives readers the advantages and disadvantages of information tracking. If you have some pictures, it would be better, or give some real examples to make the article more vivid.

  32.  Google can be said to be the most well-known database, we can easily find any information we want through data tracking technology, and the computer will automatically recommend information for us based on our search history. So from this perspective, I think data tracking technology is a major invention for humans.

  33. I do not agree with the author’s point that we cannot easily find information because the database is too large. At present, data tracking technology has been developed. Even if there is anything inconvenient, it will be serviced by customers in the future. This cannot be regarded as a moral abuse.

  34. I think that regardless of the risk of data tracking, the technology itself has an irreplaceable position in our lives. Therefore, the hidden dangers of its existence are negligible compared with the convenience provided to us.

  35. Should you explain what is the data tracking and what is lined with the ethic part? Sometimes, if you explain it in detail, it may help the reader understand your article well.

  36. The article has obvious use of the ethical cycle, which is good, but the description is blunt and lacks specific argumentation information. Therefore, compared with the discussion about advantages and disadvantages of tracing data from the entire society level, authors should conduct moral judgments on a specific issue.
    In addition, there are some descriptions of technical issues in data tracking that I think is unnecessary in such an article because we are discussing the ethical issues rather than the professional nature of data tracking.

  37. The article points out the problems between big data technology and information transfer efficiency. I think this is more of a technical issue than a moral issue. And I do not quite understand the author’s expression of “find a needle in a pile of straw.” Moreover,I think it is a normal ethical behavior for computer users to install software on their computers to stop software from reducing the chance of information being infringed, and it should not be a disadvantage of data tracking technology.

  38. I agree with the author’s statement that the government is involved in the management of data tracking. After all, in the face of many moral issues related to interests, only the government’s support can reduce the illegal activities.

  39. the article concludes with a summary of the technical aspects of data tracking, but the author’s analysis of advantages and disadvantages did not mention many technical issues. So why is the final summary that many problems arise because the technology of data tracking is not mature?

  40. The structure of the entire article is very clear and discussed from two aspects. Although the authors put forward some disadvantages of information tracking, I do not think it is sufficient. The disadvantages should be compared with the benefits. The author did not come up with a definitive answer in the final paragraph.

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