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On 12 February 2016 the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology (the Committee) released its big data report, 'The Big Data Dilemma' (the Report).

The Report, which follows an inquiry into the developing big data environment and which canvassed the views of the financial, health and direct marketing sectors, considers:

  1. the risks and opportunities of big data – including any skills gaps which could restrict the chance to take advantage of opportunities in this area;
  2. the adequacy of the government's approach in dealing with big data – including the adequacy of support in research and development offered by the government on big data; and
  3. whether improvements are required to increase public understanding of the concept.

Additional recommendations included the introduction of a criminal penalty for serious data protection breaches ahead of the implementation of the GDPR.

The Committee also expressed concerns with anonymization and the re-use of data in light of the increased use of big data analytics. They requested that the government "clarify its interpretation" of the GDPR on the re-use and de-anonymisation of personal data.

To view the report, please click here.