Representatives with opposing views on "big data" collection and privacy debated on Sunday over whether the Obama administration's Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights is needed to protect Internet users. IDG News Service reports that the panel at SXSW lacked industry representatives, however. "Facebook didn't feel it had any staff at SXSW who could speak on the issue," and Google's privacy counsel "bowed out, citing ongoing litigation," the report states. The panel still captured the contention around the issue, according to the report, as members debated "the collection and increasingly sophisticated analysis of large amounts of user data" in light of whether regulation is needed.
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