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Big data: A lot to explore but little to share?: Ways towards a regulatory regime for big data

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Abstract

This policy briefing summarises the findings of a panel discussion on what policymakers can do for the UK economy to succeed in securing the economic benefits of big data.

Chaired by Will Hutton, Chair of the Big Innovation Centre, a panel of six experts in data protection and intellectual property regimes, data scientists, entrepreneurs, and leaders of public bodies addressed the following questions:

How can big data contribute to solving economic problems?


Is policy fit for purpose? Or does it hold us back from reaping the economic potential of big data?


What sort of progressive law-making do we need? What could deliver the regulatory regime that would enable using, sharing and combining private and public data, while addressing privacy and security issues?


In answering these questions, we were able to put forwards strong policy recommendations, the most pressing issues according to various sectors and individuals, as well as initial thoughts about how to create a fit-for-purpose regulatory framework for big data.