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Big data's big attraction for regulators

The Financial Conduct Authority in the U.K. just launched a Call for Inputs on the use of big data in the retail general insurance sector. It's the latest example of regulators' increasing interest in big data uses and abuses.

Spotlight: Supreme Court to decide if inaccurate data hurts people

The Supreme Court case centers on Spokeo, a site that aggregates data on people but almost always is inaccurate, but the implications of the decision will likely reverberate far beyond Spokeo. For a...

US Food and Drug Administration: 'There are no regulatory restrictions to using these technologies'

Leonard Sacks, associate director of clinical methodology at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, gave a very interesting presentation at the N.Y. Academy of Sciences's "Mobile Health: The Power of Wearables, Sensors and Apps to Transform Clinical Trials" event. The big (and most welcomed) surprise to me was his assertion that "there are no regulatory restrictions to using these technologies." Here's what else he had to say regarding the collection of patient data through new devices and apps:

FiscalNote launches new tool to analyze state regulations

FiscalNote, a legislative tech startup, released a new product called Atlantis Thursday which aggregates and analyzes state regulations. Atlantis uses machine learning with government data to render legislator analysis, forecasted bill results, sentiment around proposed rules and regulations and related analyses.

Cloud rendered earthbound in Microsoft legal argument

As it turns out, a possible data breech isn't the only risk enterprises need to mitigate. The physical location of cloud servers can present legal problems too. However, if the U.S. government succeeds in getting warrants to seize data physically located in other countries, Microsoft says a "global free-for-all" is likely to threaten all companies.

Spotlight: EU official says big data 'here forever and in all sectors'

Europe has traditionally been tougher on consumer privacy laws than the U.S., but could that be changing? Maybe.

Law firm launches big data analytics service to benchmark, analyze HR and litigation strategies

Littler – one of, if not the world's largest employment and labor law practice representing management – has hired its first national director of data analytics and launched its Littler Data Center. Both developments are part of its strategic initiative to provide clients with "big data strategies and analytics resources designed to benchmark and analyze HR and litigation strategies," Littler explained in a press release.

Where Washington, D.C. fits in the Internet of Things

POLITICO and McKinsey & Company pulled together a group of technology leaders to determine how and if Washington has a role in the Internet of Things. The report that came out of that thinkfest proved interesting indeed.

BackOffice launches DATA Act-compliant data management product for federal agencies

BackOffice Associates announced comprehensive data management and mapping capabilities in a single platform to support federal agency DATA Act compliance. This news comes as agencies are racing to meet the Department of Treasury and Office of Management and Budget's 2014 Digital Accountability and Transparency Act – or DATA – implementation proposal deadline on making federal spending open data.

House Oversight hearing on the DATA Act

A House Oversight Committee held a hearing on the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014, aka the DATA Act, last week. The hearing was jointly held by the Subcommittee on Information Technology and the Subcommittee on Government Operations.