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Big Data and Privacy Frameworks: Perspectives from Government, Industry and Policy Experts
September 11, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET
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Large scale data analytics – often referred to as “Big Data” is transforming lives in areas such as transportation, education, and health care. It is also enabling more personalized experiences for individuals in a multitude of areas. At the same time, concerns have been raised about possible risks, including those relating to privacy and security.

This webinar will explore the work being done within the White House, the FTC and the Department of Commerce in connection with privacy and Big Data. We will also hear the perspectives of industry and policy experts.

In January 2014, President Obama called for a 90-day review of Big Data. This review resulted in two reports delivered to the President in May 2014. One report was the work of an inter-agency working group led by John Podesta, and another by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Since these two reports were issued, a number of U.S. government agencies have continued to examine issues surrounding Big Data. The Federal Trade Commission is planning a workshop on September 15 to examine how Big Data impacts American consumers, including low income and underserved consumers. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) within the Department of Commerce recently issued a request for public comment, asking the public to comment on how Big Data developments impact the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights—the Obama Administration’s framework for privacy protections released in February 2012.

At the same time, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)—also within the Department of Commerce—is working on a “privacy engineering” initiative to address privacy and security risks. In an upcoming two-day workshop in California (September 15-16) organized by  NIST, the focus will be on a set of draft privacy engineering objectives and a risk model that were developed by NIST using input from its first workshop on the subject, held in April 2014.


  • Yael Weinman,VP Global Privacy Policy and General Counsel, Information Technology Industry Council


  • Daniel Castro, Senior Analyst with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and Director of the Center for Data Innovation
  • Tiffany George, Senior Attorney, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, Federal Trade Commission
  • Naomi Lefkovitz, Senior Privacy Policy Advisor, National Institute of Standards and Technology (Department of Commerce)
  • John Morris, Associate Administrator and Director of Internet Policy, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (Department of Commerce)


*Representative from the Office of Science and Technology Policy, White House (to be confirmed)*

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