White House report makes big data policy recommendations
Big data poses a serious risk to consumer privacy and challenges corporations to responsibly handle security – two areas that need prompt attention and policy development from the White House, says a May 1 report (pdf) from administration officials on big data.
Among the report’s recommendations, authors urge the president to push data breach legislation and extend the consumer privacy protections first laid out in the White House’s February 2012 Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.
The report marks the culmination of a three-month review by the administration to examine how big data relates to existing policies and the federal research agenda. Among the report’s authors are the secretaries of the Commerce and Energy departments, as well as Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren.