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Trust, Transparency and Tech - Building Ethical Data Policies for the Public Good

Trust, Transparency and Tech - Building Ethical Data Policies for the Public Good

Policy Connect and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Data Analytics call for strong deal on public ‘right to know’ for artificial intelligence

Cross-party think tank Policy Connect and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Data Analytics calls for national ‘settlement’ on public data collection and analysis with a ‘public good’ test. 

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.  

Cross-party think tank Policy Connect and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Data Analytics call for a new settlement between the citizen and all those who provide public services, both public and private bodies.

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.