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January 12, 2016

12 January 2016

FTC Issues Report (and Warning Shot) on Big Data Use

Building upon its 2012 Consumer Protection Report, its 2014 report on Data Brokers, and a public workshop held on September 15, 2014, the FTC issued a new report on January 6, 2016, with recommendations to businesses on the growing use of big data:  Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion? Understanding the Issues (“2016 Big Data Report”).  Rather than focusing on prior themes of notice, choice, and security, the 2016 Big Data Report addresses only the commercial use of big data consisting of consumer information, and focuses on impacts of such big data uses on low-income and underserved populations.

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