The concept of Privacy by Design is rooted in systems engineering. Yet, it is the legal framework of global privacy that gives new color to this concept as applied to Big Data. Increasingly, the long arm of the law is reaching into Big Data, but it is not simply by matter of regulatory enforcement or civil legal developments that Privacy by Design (PbD) is being thrust into the spotlight once more.

Given that Big Data is considered miniscule in contrast to future data environments, PbD is simply the right thing to do. This paper aims to explore the origin of PbD, the current and future state of Big Data and regulatory enforcement, and the methodology of PbD applied to Big Data. As a cornerstone of organizational culture, PbD is a concept that allows organizations of any size to embrace the privacy interests of the data they collect, store, and use at the forefront of their approach.