Big Data continues to transform the way we live and work, altering the relationships between government, citizens, businesses and consumers. But does it come at a cost?

To address the benefits and potential dangers of Big Data, the White House Executive Office issued a report May 1 that suggests passing national legislation on responding to data breaches as well as revising consumer privacy legislation.

We discussed the report, which was issued in response to President Obama’s January request to conduct a 90-day study, with

Edward Felten, director of Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy, discussed the report with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Felten, the Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs, said the report’s call for expanding technical expertise in government is “music to my ears.”

The full Q&A is available here.


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