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A Composite Strategy for the Legal and Ethical Use of Data Mining


  • Dinah Payne

    (University of New Orleans, USA)

  • Brett J. L. Landry

    (University of Dallas, USA)


An increasingly popular business practice, data mining provides for the extraction of information from existing data to identify trends such as consumer purchasing practices and can foster greater efficiency in companies’ marketing efforts. There are corresponding costs associated with data mining, as well. The most difficult issue surrounding data mining is that of individual privacy rights and the costs associated with the potential alteration of ‘traditional’ privacy rights. This paper seeks to review basic definitional information on data mining and provide a strategy for companies’ successful, meaningful and ethical use of data mining as presented for meaningful knowledge generation.

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  • Dinah Payne & Brett J. L. Landry, 2012. "A Composite Strategy for the Legal and Ethical Use of Data Mining," International Journal of Management, Knowledge and Learning, International School for Social and Business Studies, Celje, Slovenia, vol. 1(1), pages 27-43.
  • Handle: RePEc:isv:jouijm:v:1:y:2012:i:1:p:27-43

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    1. Levine, Peter, 2003. "Information technology and the social construction of information privacy: Comment," Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Elsevier, vol. 22(3), pages 281-285.
    2. David L. Olson, 2007. "Data mining in business services," Service Business, Springer;Pan-Pacific Business Association, vol. 1(3), pages 181-193, September.
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