Martin Abrams, John Kropf of The Information Accountability Foundation


In their August 4, 2014, comments before the National Telecommunications & Information Administration, Department of Commerce.


NTIA ThumbBig data and its necessary companion, analytics, promise to provide innovation to U.S. and global business, science, research and education.

Powerful algorithms have already been used to help identify individuals in need of social services, detect fraudulent transactions, forecast the effects of natural disasters, support prognosis of medical conditions, recognize patterns in scientific research and discover trends in consumer demand.

Big data and analytics have begun to benefit all aspects of society—from understanding medicine to managing natural resources and improving education.


While big data and analytics in some instances may pose risks, the failure to use it to address significant issues in various contexts, such as healthcare, research, education and development will deny individuals and society of potential benefits.

Thoughtful guidance that takes into account the realities of big data and analytics will allow organizations to use analytics in an effective and responsible manner to provide long-term solutions that can be adjusted over time. Developing a governance framework that incorporates individual interests in privacy with the potential of this processing power will make it possible to realize the significant and, in some cases, still unanticipated benefits of big data and analytics.  Read the full text of the comments on big data ethics.


Big data will be covered at the NetDiligence Cyber Risk & Privacy Liability Forum, produced by HB, in Santa Monica, Calif., Oct. 8-9, 2014.