In January, President Obama tasked the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology with reviewing the government’s use of big data and its impacts on privacy. John Podesta, a counselor to the President, described the aims of the review in a White House blog post. The White House review is necessary but should include transparency, oversight and accountability requirements in its final report. Sixteen groups joined the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s letter asking that, among other requirements, the study require entities that collect personal information be transparent about their collection and storage methods. Read the letter here.