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Interesting vision on privacy issues related to the development of the paradigm of Big data. Who and how will manage a so precious mine of information?Discussions about issues created by the so called Big Data and the possibility to spy any information about our private life are more and more frequent. However, they have been put even more on the front page of newspapers after both the recent acquisition by Facebook of WhatsApp and the declarations from Edward Snowden as to lobbies against the introduction in Europe of stricter privacy protections.Facebooks acquisition will add 450 million monthly WhatsApp users to 1.3 bn monthly Facebook users also potentially enabling the monitoring of real time exchanges of messages. Additionally if Facebook confirms the rumors about the plan to add voice communications to WhatApp, even such kind of information might be gathered and used for marketing purposes and given the more relaxed privacy regulations in the US such data might be used also for other purposes.