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The Intersection of Big Data, Privacy, and Government

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Intersectionby Angela Guess

Elena Malykhina of Information Week reports, “White House counselor John Podesta is leading a 90-day government study that explores the intersection of big data and privacy. According to Podesta, now is the time to take a closer look at big data analytics and other comprehensive data-mining techniques that could shape future policies. ‘The study is fundamentally a scoping exercise. We want to examine the administration’s consumer privacy blueprint and take a harder look at existing policies,’ said Podesta during a March 3 workshop on big data, organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, along with privacy and tech experts, joined Podesta on stage to discuss the importance of privacy enhancing technologies and large-scale analytics.”

She goes on, “Experts cited using cryptography in databases and Web applications, and computing on encrypted data. Cynthia Dwork, distinguished scientist at Microsoft Research, presented another approach to safeguarding data called differential privacy, a technique used for statistical analysis of large datasets. ‘What’s the privacy dream? That we have a database with useful but private information and we have a curator that wants to take this data and sanitize it, so data analysts can only interact with the sanitized data set,’ Dwork said.”

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