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Published on August 5th, 2014 | by Daniel Castro and Travis Korte


Comments to the NTIA on Big Data and Privacy

Earlier this summer, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) asked the public for comments on big data and consumer privacy, including whether the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights is the best way to reduce harmful uses of big data and what legal recourse exists to prevent data-driven discrimination. The Center for Data Innovation submitted comments recommending that policymakers restrict specific harmful uses of data, promote data reuse and sharing, and look to existing anti-discrimination law as a model for reducing data misuse. The Center urged policymakers to consider whether abstract fears about potential future harms are worth stalling the concrete benefits of data, including saving lives.

Read the comments.

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Daniel Castro is the director of the Center for Data Innovation and vice president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Mr. Castro writes and speaks on a variety of issues related to information technology and internet policy, including data, privacy, security, intellectual property, internet governance, e-government, and accessibility for people with disabilities. His work has been quoted and cited in numerous media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, USA Today, Bloomberg News, and Businessweek. In 2013, Mr. Castro was named to FedScoop’s list of “Top 25 most influential people under 40 in government and tech.” In 2015, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Mr. Castro to the Commerce Data Advisory Council.Mr. Castro previously worked as an IT analyst at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) where he audited IT security and management controls at various government agencies. He contributed to GAO reports on the state of information security at a variety of federal agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). In addition, Mr. Castro was a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he developed virtual training simulations to provide clients with hands-on training of the latest information security tools. He has a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an M.S. in Information Security Technology and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

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