Privacy / Security

Obama vows to review big data privacy impact

Privacy groups that have pushed for controls on commercial use of consumer data see an opening as President Barack Obama tackles government surveillance reform — and they’re hoping to hear more in the State of the Union address.

Obama, in a Jan. 17 speech proposing surveillance changes in the wake of Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks, mused about the private sector’s own data collection practices and announced a White House-led effort to review the privacy implications of so-called Big Data, the massive data sets used by both federal agencies and companies such as Google and Intel.

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