Introducing Big Privacy: a sustainable ecosystem for personal
information in Big Data environments
TORONTO, Dec. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - If personal data is the "new oil" of the
Internet, then Big Data is the "machinery" that runs on it. Like our
dependence on fossil fuels, Big Data's current consumption of personal
data is not sustainable. Individuals require privacy; their personal
information must be protected in new and bigger ways. As a response to
this urgent need, Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner, Dr.
Ann Cavoukian, and Drummond Reed, co-founder and CEO of the Respect
Network, have developed the concept of Big Privacy, which is
illustrated in a new white paper, Big Privacy: Bridging Big Data and the Personal Data Ecosystem through
Privacy by Design.
Big Privacy is Privacy by Design writ large. It is the application of the 7 Foundational Principles of Privacy by Design, not only to individual organizations, applications, or contexts, but
to entire networks, value chains, and ecosystems, especially those that produce and use Big Data. This new,
privacy-enhancing approach to Big Data pushes past promise-making
towards proactive data protection by elevating compliance from a piece
of paper to a network-wide trust framework, with real time
notification, enforcement, feedback mechanisms and increased
Currently, in Big Data environments, privacy challenges abound through
the mass collection and secondary analysis/usage of personal
information. Big Privacy transforms the debate about Big Data by making
privacy a user-centric setting where individuals are empowered to
choose not only what information they wish to share, but also the ways
in which it may be shared and under what terms. For example, under Big
Privacy, individuals may choose to allow creators or owners of Big Data
algorithms to harvest and mine their data, provided that it remains
de-identified, through the application of appropriate re-identification
risk measurement procedures.
The new paper defines the 7 architectural elements of Big Privacy and
illustrates how they apply the 7 Principles of Privacy by Design to the unique challenges of Big Data environments through the Personal
Data Ecosystem. The paper also offers a case study of how the elements of Big Privacy
are being implemented using the OASIS XDI protocol by the Respect
Network and its alliance of 36 companies and organizations.
"When Big Privacy is applied jointly to the Personal Data Ecosystem and
Big Data, it achieves a positive-sum, 'win-win' solution in which
individuals maintain control over their personal information flows,"
said Commissioner Cavoukian. "Without diminishing system functionality,
Big Privacy empowers the individual and enables continuous Big Data
"Too many times we have heard that "privacy is dead", steamrolled by the
age of Big Data," said Respect Network CEO Drummond Reed. "Quite the
contrary—by applying Privacy by Design at the scale of entire networks
and ecosystems, Big Privacy can turn privacy back into a core value of
the Internet. With Big Privacy we can all enjoy the benefits of both
Big Data and dramatically increased control over privacy and personal
About the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
The Information and Privacy Commissioner is appointed by, and reports
to, the Ontario Legislative Assembly, and is independent of the
government of the day. The Commissioner's mandate includes overseeing
the access and privacy provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, as well as the Personal Health Information Protection Act, which applies to both public and private sector health information
custodians. The Commissioner's mandate also includes helping to educate
the public about access and privacy issues.
About The Respect Network
The Respect Network is an alliance of over thirty companies building the
world's first peer-to-peer network of personal and business clouds.
With the Respect Network, individuals and businesses can form trusted
lifetime relationships and share sensitive private data with strong
assurance that its privacy will always be respected. The Respect
Network is currently in beta and will open for personal and business
members in mid-2014.
SOURCE: Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario
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