In 1990, 87% of Americans could be uniquely identified given only their gender, date of birth and the 5-digit ZIP. You can check how easily you can be identified using those three data points here, and vastly more data is available about individuals today compared to 24 years ago. In this brave new world of social sharing, open data and data security revelations, data privacy is a big issue for consumers and businesses alike.
Statisticians have a unique perspective when it comes to data, yet searching for "privacy" or "ethics" at the websites of the major statisticial societies yields little of relevance. Why aren't more statisticians playing leading roles in data privacy and ethics issues? That's the topic I raise in an op-ed at StatsLife, the online magazine of the Royal Statistical Society. I encourage you to add your voice to the conversation in the comments.