The EU data protection reform and big data
The term ‘Big Data’ refers to large amounts of different types of data produced from various types of sources, such as people, machines or sensors. This data could be climate information, satellite imagery, digital pictures and videos, transition records or GPS signals. Big Data may involve personal data: that is, any information relating to an individual, and can be anything from a name, a photo, an email address, bank details, posts on social networking websites, medical information, or a computer IP address.
- Corporate author(s): Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers (European Commission) Themes: Enterprise policy, Approximation of legislation
- Subject: data processing, data protection, data-processing law, EU law - national law, EU Member State, European undertaking, exchange of information, personal data