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Trust, Transparency and Tech report recommends that parliamentary scrutiny is enhanced and public is consulted on 'licence to operate'

Trust, Transparency and Tech report recommends that parliamentary scrutiny is enhanced and public is consulted on 'licence to operate'

21st May 2019

Trust, Transparency and Tech report recommends that parliamentary scrutiny is enhanced and public is consulted on 'licence to operate'

The policy report makes 9 simple recommendations in three key areas which can be easily changed to better protect the data rights and tech safety of ordinary citizens and boost the tech industry by providing clear guidance on ethics:

  • Public Services ‘Licence to Operate’
  • Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation Workplan 
  • Role of Parliament 

The research tells a powerful story of how members of the public need confidence in how public service providers such as the NHS and police, and their private sector partners paid for by the tax-payer, take decisions using personal data collected from and about them.  

This means there needs to be a public services ‘licence to operate’: transparent, standardised ethics rules for public service providers (universities, police, health service, transport) to build for public confidence.

The report also says that MPs should have a tough Parliamentary scrutiny committee set up like the accounts committee or environmental audit committee – to make sure the public is protected. This could be part of the Science & Technology or Digital, Culture, Media & Sport committee remits, or a new committee.