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How Obama’s ‘Big Data’ Panel Threatens Google, Facebook

18
Jan
2014

Tucked away near the end of President Barack Obamas speech today (Jan. 17) regarding reforms to the National Security Agency was a seemingly innocuous passage that may have a big impact on the way Facebook, Google and other companies do business. I have also asked my counselor, John Podesta, to lead a comprehensive review of big data and privacy, Obama said, referring to the longtime Democratic Party insider who is now a White House special adviser. This group, the president said, without naming the group Podesta will lead, will consist of government officials who — along with the Presidents Council of Advisors on Science and Technology — will reach out to privacy experts, technologists and business leaders.

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