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Kirk Nahra Weighs in on White House Report on “Big Data” and Privacy

May 5, 2014

Kirk J. Nahra, chair of Wiley Rein’s Privacy Practice and co-chair of the Health Care Practice, was quoted in a Law360 article published May 2 about a White House privacy report that includes recommendations for best practices and proposed legislation on how companies and the government should protect consumers’ privacy with respect to “big data.”

According to the article, the White House report released May 1 includes a review of privacy challenges associated with big data—large, interconnected databases of personal information collected by the government and companies.  The report outlined policy recommendations, including a national data breach reporting standard and an overhaul of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.  The article also suggested that the Federal Trade Commission and class action plaintiffs would likely use the report to target companies that might allegedly misuse big data.

“The major impact of a report like this is to drive better understanding of the issues and improve ongoing practices, rather than new legislation per se,” Mr. Nahra said.