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Big Data Has its Pluses, But Concerns Over its Minuses Are Growing

Suddenly, big data is everywhere. Whether it’s the controversy created by Edward Snowden’s release of classified documents from the National Security Agency, which put a glaring spotlight on the U.S. government’s collection and use of information on its own and foreign citizens, or apps that covertly collect and transmit data from phones and tablets, big data is in the headlines.

Highlighting insights from a recently released White House report—“Big Data: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values”—this article examines the tremendous benefits and uses that this ever-expanding ocean of information affords those that can figure out how to use it, while detailing risks and concerns that the growth of big data has outpaced development of a legal and regulatory framework governing its use.