The State and Big Data
What is Big Data?
Big data describes the large volume of data. Through the network and the use of intelligent devices, humans are constantly creating and storing information. Facebook posting, twitter feeds, web contents, emails, gps signals, utility billing records, among others, generate information at a large volume with a rapid rate of change that cannot be processed or analyzed using traditional processes.
In an effort to simplify it, many experts have referenced it as the “5 V’s”: Volume, Velocity, Variety, Value and Veracity of data.
Big Data problem
What is the problem? The answer is that rules for data protection do not advance at the same pace that Big Data, and regulations are necessary to ensure the privacy of users. Many times users give their data, without being very clear about what is done with it.
To encourage companies to treat (CHECK) with this kind of data as integrated with the principles of the processing of personal data, the Argentine Ministry of Information Technology and Communications has created a “Big Data National Observatory”. The purpose of the observatory is to analyze the evolution of data technology in relation to innovation, technological, political, economic and social conditions in a sustainable framework.
Resolution 11-E/2017 – published in June 2017 – sets that Big Data Observatory´s objectives as:
1. Analyze the evolution of Big Data technology in terms of possibilities of innovation, public use, technological, political, economic and social benefits in a sustainable framework.
2. Study the regulatory framework for the use of personal data and its relationship with the development and promotion of this kind of data.
3. Promote and create secure and sustainable public platforms for innovation and new applications inside and outside the State.
4. Establish exchanges with provincial and municipal states, SMEs, entrepreneurs and micro-entrepreneurs in the implementation and its use.
5. Analyze risks and formulate standards of good practices.
6. Articulate research and developments within the National State and academic institutions, enhancing local resources.
7. Promote its use in public security and in the fight against crime.
8. Carry out reports, audits, compendiums of good practices, proposals for regulatory updating, technological platforms for public use, among other proposals.
Since the resolution creating the observatory, no new information related to it or its advances on different fields has published, but Argentinean’s citizens can consider this is a first step to improve Big Data protection.