Data Privacy Roundup
Events & Projects
UN Data Innovation Lab Workshop Series
UN Global Pulse and UNDP co-hosted the second Data Innovation Lab workshop in September 2016 which brought together more than 12 UN agencies. The workshop is part of an initiave established by the UN System Chief Executives Board (CEB) in 2015.
The event included a 'Data Privacy and Data Protection' section in which Global Pulse worked with project teams to ensure privacy and ethical concerns are addressed in the early stages of a data innovation project design journey. A recap of the workshop can be found here.
"Mapping the Risk-Utility Landscape of Mobile Data for Sustainable Development & Humanitarian Action": Project Summary
This feasibility study aimed to determine how insights from mobile data might be used to maximum effect in support of policy planning and crisis response with minimal risk to privacy.
Read a summary of the study here.
Global Pulse Privacy Advisory Group Annual Meeting
The Data Privacy Advisory Group is an independent international group of experts with diverse expertise from the private sector, public sector, and civil society who lend their advice and guidance on critical matters related to data protection and data privacy.
Read the full list of relevant Events&Projects here.
Forums for Discussion & Debate
The Global Working Group (GWG) on Big Data for Official Statistics was created by the Statistical Commission in 2014. Global Pulse contributes to several task teams within the GWG, including one on Data Access & Partnerships which addresses data access, legal, and privacy issues.
The World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Data-Driven Development leverages work in the area of human-centred, trustworthy and accountable data flows to transform the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in the world. As a member of the Agenda Council, Global Pulse joins a community of leading government, civil society, academic, NGO and business leaders to develop frameworks and business incentives for the creation of shared data resources for the purposes of international development.
Broadband Commission for Digital Development was set up by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and UNESCO in 2010, in response to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's call to step up UN efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Director of UN Global Pulse serves as a member on the Commission, and contributes to working groups that advance policy debates around safe and responsible use of data and technology for development.
The Global Partnership on Sustainable Development Data is a multi-stakeholder initiative comprised of governments, international organizations, companies, civil society groups, statistics and data communities dedicated to achieving the Global Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Global Pulse is an anchor partner and member of the Interim Steering Committee and contributes to the Partnership’s work on “data colalboratives” and “principles & protocols.”
International Data Responsibility Group is a new network and knowledge platform of academics and researchers exploring various initiatives on how to leverage data in a responsible and ethical manner. Its intention is to ensure that research efforts in the field of responsible data are coordinated and not duplicative.
Relevant Reports & Resources
- Guidelines for the Regulation of Computerized Personal Data Files adopted by General Assembly resolution 45/95 on 15 December 1989, and contained in a document E/CN.4/1990/72.
- 2015 International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners’ Resolution on Privacy and International Humanitarian Action [PDF] (October 2015)
- Presentation on Big Data by the Chair of the International Data Privacy and Data Protection Commissioners [PDF] (December 2015)
- UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)’s Policy on the Protection of Personal Data of Persons of Concern to UNHCR (May 2015)
- “Report on encryption, anonymity, and the human rights framework,” first report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression to the Human Rights Council (May 2015)
- “The Right To Privacy in the Digital Age," report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (June 2014)
- Lesson from the New Zealand Data Futures Forum: How to Unlock the Value of Data-Driven Innovation and New ‘Evidence’ in Policy-Maki
- GSMA guidelines on the protection of privacy in the use of mobile phone data for responding to the Ebola outbreak (November 2014)
- LirneAsia’s Draft Guidelines for Third-Party Use of Big Data Generated by Mobile Network Operators (August 2015)