- Posted by: Valerie Vaz MP
- Category: News
The 4th report from the Science & Technology Committee is now available to read here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmselect/cmsctech/468/46802.htm
The Science & Technology Committee undertook the inquiry to follow up our predecessor’s report and to begin a programme of inquiries looking at the ‘great technologies’. We sought evidence on:
– The opportunities for big data, and the risks.
– Whether the Government has set out an appropriate and up-to-date path for the continued evolution of big data and the technologies required to support it.
– Where gaps persist in the skills needed to take advantage of the opportunities, and be protected from the risks, and how these gaps can be filled.
– How public understanding of the opportunities, implications and the skills required can be improved, and ‘informed consent’ secured.
Any further support needed from Government to facilitate R&D on big data, including to secure the required capital investment in big data research facilities and for their ongoing operation.
Some of our recommendations were:
– the government should examine how it can build capacity to deliver more datasets
– the Government should consider giving the Office for National Statistics greater access both to Government departments’ data and private sector data.
– the Government should introduce a criminal penalty for malicious data protection breaches.