Comments after the FTC Workshop on Big Data: Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?

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Today, FPF filed an additional set of comments in the wake of the FTC’s fall workshop, Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?  The comments focus on some of the challenges around defining what exactly “Big Data” is, and the increasing need to have a firmer ethical framework for having conversations about data use. It calls on federal agencies do more to address what legal restrictions already cover potential big data uses and recommends industry establish clearer procedures and institutions to figure out what ethical considerations ought to apply in the absence of laws.