Open letter urges Congress and the president to ensure U.S. surveillance efforts are "restricted by law, proportionate to the risks, transparent and subject to independent oversight."
A coalition of anti-surveillance activists wants to use local utilities as leverage to halt data collection.
Some of the problems with the health care privacy law echo complaints about the intelligence community in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Big data is a tool -- like a hammer or a gun or a car -- that can be used for good and ill alike.
As agencies' ability to capture and store vast datasets grows, experts differ on the best ways to keep big data from enabling Big Brother.
Commenting on the recent government shutdown, the Commerce secretary noted: "Data does not get a lot of attention until it is not available."
Independent review team notes progress on most recommendations, but concerns linger of a gap in coverage "that could be months or years in duration."
The ODNI-led group has briefed the president, and plans a final report by Dec. 15.
Big data has become a 'super-big deal' over the past 18 months, official says.
The space agency is providing terabytes worth of climate and Earth science data to researchers, app developers, academia and the public.
A project under NOAA's National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service would change the way priority users can access satellite data, making it much more useful.
New satellites will dramatically increase the volume of continuous weather data from which scientists and forecasters must mine useful information.