Five times when data is not your friend

Danny Stone
9 min readJun 7, 2021

While digital data has become an increasingly important part of our lives (also used to improve organisational systems/decisions), there are times when data is not your friend. Read on to learn about 5 such instances and how to potentially fix them, as well as some general data disadvantages.

Data explained

Simply put, data is information. In the modern-day context, it is usually digital information that is stored online, via cloud computing or in a database. Your Dictionary has a few definitions, which include:

“Data is defined as facts or figures, or information that’s stored in or used by a computer.”

“Facts that can be analysed or used in an effort to gain knowledge or make decisions.”

“Statistics or other information represented in a form suitable for processing by computer.”

Data is becoming increasingly important because of the world wide web, programs and applications that people use. These allow us to capture information (or data) online. They also allow us to process, store and retrieve it in an efficient and often automated manner. Organisations around the world, including governments, are now using this easily accessible information to learn more about people and make conclusions or decisions about them. Whilst there may be…



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