The nature of Big Data may make very challenging the application of traditional principles of personal data protection, such as purpose limitation or data minimisation. We must ensure that when Big Data involves the processing of personal data, each of us is in a position to exercise our personal autonomy and our right to control our data.
The Guidelines on Big Data adopted by the Consultative Committee of the Council of Europe´s data protection convention (Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data, also known as Convention 108) will provide valuable assistance to policy makers and to organisations processing personal data to ensure that persons are placed at the centre of our digital economies.
Alessandra Pierucci, Chairperson of the Committee of Convention 108 highlighted “the importance of providing guidance on what has become in the past years an exponential source of knowledge, and an exponential source of processing of personal data. This first step of the Committee towards a stronger protection of persons in our big data environment will have to lead to further steps, to follow the fast pace evolution of big data related technologies”.