"The Government has historically called on both the public and private sectors to harness the power of data in a manner that encourages innovation, promotes national productivity, improves lives, and serves communities, while also emphasizing the importance of individual privacy. In support of these goals, in 2009, the Administration made tens of thousands of data sets available to the public on data.gov, the central repository for U.S. Government data. Additionally, in May 2014, the White House released the 'Big Data: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values' report, which examined how big data could 'alter the relationships between Government, citizens, businesses, and consumers.' [...] In addition to its own big data efforts, the Government is exploring how private sector data sets and infrastructural resources can be utilized in support of its national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) activities."
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