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‘Big data’ is data on a scale or of a complexity that makes it challenging to use. This POST note examines definitions of big data, how it is managed, used and regulated, and the public concerns that it generates. It sets the scene for a series of briefings exploring how data are increasingly used across a range of sectors.
Authors: Lydia Harriss; POST
Topics: Data protection, European Commission, European Council, European Parliament, Freedom of information, Information technology, Internet and cybercrime, Privacy, Regulation, Science, Telecommunications
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