Navigating the Incoherence of Big Data Reform Proposals

6 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2014 Last revised: 21 Dec 2014

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Nicolas Terry

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Date Written: November 7, 2014

Abstract

From 2012-14 various branches of the federal government published five major reports that either deal generally with modern challenges to privacy or specifically address the privacy threats of big data. All five displayed serious intent and were based on reasonably rigorous analysis. While these reports, to lesser and greater extents, all expressed the necessity for legislative or regulatory intervention, their recommendations are diverse. It may be that this lack of coherence is one of the reasons why no legislation has been proffered. In this essay I describe the various proposals and offer a critical synthesis, arguing that Congress needs to take up the 2012 White House FIPPS proposals and ensure that data subjects have more control over what data is collected and that the context for any collection are respected.

Suggested Citation

Terry, Nicolas P., Navigating the Incoherence of Big Data Reform Proposals (November 7, 2014). Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Research Paper No. 2014-36. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2520544 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2520544

Nicolas P. Terry (Contact Author)

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law ( email )

530 W. New York St
Indianapolis, IN 46202
United States

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