This week in data – March 2

Data sharing to stop gun violence

The February 14 shooting in Florida has kept in the news, mostly due to the students themselves speaking out. Now data is playing a part: Massachusetts has announced it’s joining a bunch of states to help share data about who isn’t allowed to carry a weapon.


“The opportunity to share data between and among adjoining states on this stuff is a really interesting idea. And the toolkits for sharing data have gotten much better than they were a few years ago.”

Google and Facebook VS the GDPR

With less than 100 days to go, businesses are getting ready for the GDPR. But Google and Facebook should be worried, apparently. Digiday reckons the new rules are going to make it a LOT easier for users to fight back against moves they deem as hurting their privacy.


“The first time any privacy groups bring a case against Google, Facebook, Apple or companies like Xaxis, everyone will panic and yank spend. Facebook and Google are the obvious targets for the privacy groups, and brands will not want to be seen on the sharp end of that.”

Big data security…not so secure?

The need for big data means the need for big data security. Encyrption, tokenisation, all that jazz. But CIO Review thinks some of those tools…might not be so secure. Yikes.


“Meanwhile, these big data security tools suffer from several deficiencies which pave the way for loopholes in the system”

A little humblebragging

A little something from us this time. ANZ has given Data Republic a big tick of approval with some investment. Another win for data sharing, if we do say so ourselves.


“ANZ chief digital officer, Emma Gray, said the partnership is about getting more out of the bank’s existing data sets in a safe and secure environment equipped with significant governance and protocols.”

That’s our wrap for this week. Thanks for reading – we hope you found it entertaining and informational. We’d love to hear your thoughts on these articles and anything else data related! Email us anytime at!

Until next week,

Team Data Republic

Want our weekly data wrap delivered to your inbox? Subscribe here to stay ahead of the data curve.

Request a demo

Fill out the form and a member of the Data Republic
team will get in touch to arrange a demo.

Get started with Data Republic

Fill out the form and a member of the Data Republic
team will get in touch to talk to you about your data project