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Big Data Assessment for Canadian Private Sector Organizations Project


Information Accountability Foundation (IAF)



Project Leader(s)

Martin Abrams, Executive Director


Big data processing creates significant accountability challenges for organizations that seek insights from the correlations that exist between diverse data sets, and for the governmental agencies that oversee personal information protection and privacy. These challenges exist because uses of big data stretch the purposes for which information was first created and produce insights that are new data elements in and of themselves. Big data analytics are conducted at a distance from the individual, and governance concepts, such as consent, are not fully effective as a result.

To be trustworthy, big data analytics must be governed, but information policy governance has lagged behind the development of big data.

The Big Data Ethics Initiative of the Information Accountability Foundation (IAF) fills this governance gap. The project builds on the IAF’s unique and extensive expertise in this area, by creating an assessment process for the Canadian context to determine whether big data undertakings are legal, fair, and just, and identifying the elements necessary for an assessment framework to fit into a code of conduct or practice that might be enforceable by Canadian governmental regulatory agencies.

Project deliverables are available in the following language(s):


OPC Funded Project

This project received funding support through the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s Contributions Program. The opinions expressed in the summary and report(s) are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Summaries have been provided by the project authors. Please note that the projects appear in their language of origin.

Contact Information

Martin Abrams
Executive Director and Chief Strategist
Information Accountability Foundation (IAF)
3804 Morningside Drive
Plano, Texas
75093, USA

Telephone: 972-955-5654

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