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'Big data must operate within data protection law,' says watchdog, 'and here's how'

ZDNet - According to the Wikipedia definition, big data "is an all-encompassing term for any collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process". The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) also believes that big data is a large and difficult area — but for a reason other than its sheer size.

In its first report on big data (PDF), the UK's data watchdog sets out "how big data can — and must — operate within data protection law".

In particular, the report explains how the law applies when big data systems make use of personal information, with the aim of showing "which aspects of the law organisations need to particularly consider" while helping companies "stay on... the right side of the law and still innovate".