The reality is that data has been a publicly traded (and paid for) commodity for thousands of years. Most of the time, it is knowledge legitimately purchased or exchanged for something else. On rare occasion it’s acquired illicitly. And in the case of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, top secret government information was given away in an effort to force a change in U.S. foreign and domestic surveillance practices.
But when data is bought and sold as in Colorado, how is that information’s monetary value determined?"