Privacy / Security

White House Launches Big Data, Privacy Review

The White House has launched a comprehensive review of the growing use big data analytics and its potential impact on the future of privacy. As part of the effort, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) will conduct an in-depth study that explores the technological dimensions of the intersection of big data and privacy, according to president Obama’s counselor John Podesta, who is leading the review.

Over the next 90 days, Podesta’s working group will reach out to privacy experts, technologists, and businesses to examine “how challenges inherent in big data are being confronted by both the public and private sectors, whether we can forge international norms on how to manage this data, and how we can continue to promote the free flow of information in ways that are consistent with both privacy and security,” Podesta said in a January 23 post on the White House blog.

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