March 6, 2014
The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy is seeking public feedback on how the government can best protect citizen privacy as it and the private sector increasingly turn to big data analysis.
The request for information posted on Thursday is part of a larger investigation of big data and privacy being led by White House Counselor John Podesta.
Big data refers to data from sensors, video, Web, social media and other content that doesn’t fit neatly into a spreadsheet. A number of tools have been devised in recent years to draw insights from this “unstructured data,” that analysts say could transform how the government and the private sector gather information and manage their operations.
Big data also has the power to pare back citizens’ privacy, however, as more information about their purchases, medical care, Web searches and social media posts becomes fodder for government and industry data analysts.
The RFI includes five questions for public input:
The Office of Science and Technology Policy co-hosted an event focused on big data and privacy with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on March 3. The office will host another event on March 17 at New York University titled The Social, Cultural, & Ethical Dimensions of Big Data, which will be streamed here.
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March 6, 2014