The American public rightfully expects government and businesses alike to be responsible stewards of information. Emerging trends to use more data for enhancing decisions face reasonable tensions with what is ethical, practical, and necessary in modern society. This is why data privacy now affects every household, family, business, and person in the country.
While the National Academy of Public Administration identified the need to ensure data security and individual privacy as a “Grand Challenge” facing public administrators, this is not a new issue. In fact, the dialogue about data protections and rights has been ongoing for half a century.