Privacy and Data Protection Principles


We access, analyse or otherwise use data for the purposes consistent with the United Nations mandate and in furtherance of the Sustainable Development Goals
We do not access data containing personal information on any individual, without  the knowledge or proper consent of the data subject
We never access the content of private communications, without the knowledge or proper consent of the data subject
We never attempt to re-identify anonymised data, without the knowledge or proper consent of the data subject
We will only access, analyse, store, transmit or otherwise use data in accordance with the purposes for which the data has been properly and lawfully obtained
We ensure reasonable and appropriate technical and organisational safeguards are in place to prevent unauthorised disclosure or breach of data
We perform a risk assessment and implement mitigation process before any substantially new project is undertaken
We design, carry out, report and document our activities with adequate accuracy and openness
We employ even stricter standards of care while conducting research among vulnerable populations and persons at risk, children and young people, and any other sensitive data
We perform due diligence when selecting data or service provider partners and ensure their activities comply with the United Nations’ global mandate
We ensure that our research partners are acting in compliance with relevant law, privacy and data protection standards


These principles acknowledge standards set out in the revised version of the 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. The principles are not based on any specific national or regional laws, but draw inspiration from a number of global legal instruments concerning privacy and data protection.

Our principles are intended to help ensure that individuals whose data is used are not adversely affected by our research. Because of the constantly-evolving nature of data protection and privacy law, Global Pulse expects these principles to evolve based on experience, industry developments and the comments of interested parties. We would like to thank all those who provided their valuable commentary during the development of the above principles, and during our ongoing process of reviewing a more detailed set of guidelines.

We welcome and appreciate your feedback and input in helping us improve the principles. For more information on our work related to data protection and privacy, please contact