The Big Data Revolution: Privacy Considerations

Technology Policy Institute
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
8:30 am - 11:00 am

The Information Technology revolution has produced a data revolution-now commonly referred to as "big data"-in which massive amounts of data can be collected, stored and analyzed at relatively low cost. While the benefits of big data are numerous, from tracking health risks to helping consumers find the lowest prices on goods and services, the emergence of big data has also raised privacy concerns on the part of advocates and government officials. To alleviate these concerns, some are calling for remedies to either restrict or make more transparent how data are collected and used.

Participants in the event will discuss proposed remedies for privacy concerns and their potential effects on "big data", including the findings in the recent paper, "The Big Data Revolution: Privacy Considerations," authored by TPI's Thomas Lenard and Paul Rubin. Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, Republican chair of the House Privacy Task Force, will give opening remarks at the event. Additional speakers will be announced soon.