Data governance trumps big data, and this can demonstrated with the recent National Security Agency (NSA) extradition debacle. Briefly, Edward Snowden is an American computer specialist who worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and NSA. Snowden leaked details of the Unites States government’s big data surveillance programmes to the press, before fleeing, via Hong Kong, to Moscow, where he has currently been granted asylum.
So, where does data governance come into play? Snowden’s escape from Hong Kong in June was aided by simple data quality errors in the extradition request put in by the United States government. According to Hong Kong officials, the documents the NSA submitted for Snowden’s arrest contained incorrect details and his passport number was omitted. The time it took to clarify these errors gave Snowden the opportunity he needed to board the flight for Moscow.