Big data and its business potential are justifiably big news. The legal issues and ramifications of big data, however, are not yet well understood. As enterprises are just beginning to adopt and integrate the technologies, the time to take a serious look at the issues is now.

In doing so, companies need to see the value of bringing together their legal advisors and IT decision makers, along with the keen and active interest of C-suite executives and board members. There are risks of litigation and regulatory scrutiny if an enterprise, early on during deployment, has not investigated and addressed the legal risks that come with big data.

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