Joint trades letter to U.S. Department of Commerce re: Big Data Developments

John B. Morris

Associate Administrator and Director of Internet Policy

Department of Commerce

National Telecommunications and Information Administration 


Dear Mr. Morris:

The Consumer Bankers Association (“CBA”)  and the American Bankers Association (“ABA”) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the notice issued by the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (“NTIA”) asking for input on “big data” developments, benefits, and risks. 


In accordance with President Obama’s January request, Counselor to the President John Podesta lead a working group (“the Working Group”) of top government officials, including Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, Office of Science & Technology Policy Director John Holdren, and National Economic Council Director Jeffrey Zients, that conducted a 90-day review to examine how “big data” affects citizens’ daily lives and impacts the relationships between government, citizens, businesses, and consumers. On May 1, 2014, the Working Group published its findings in Big Data: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values (“the Report”) that weighed the benefits of big data against potential privacy and discrimination concerns.

Among other recommendations, the Report instructed the Department of Commerce to request comments on “how the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights could support the innovations of big data while at the same time responding to its risks, and how a responsible use framework, as 

To read the full Comment Letter, download the PDF.