Our Privacy and Data Protection Principles

Global Pulse is a United Nations innovation initiative that explores how new, digital data sources and real-time analytics technologies can provide a better understanding of changes in human well-being and emerging vulnerabilities. However, legitimate concerns about privacy and data protection present challenges to harnessing Big Data sets for public benefit.

Global Pulse respects and values individuals’ privacy and protecting it forms the cornerstone of our work.

Our 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. Our guidelines 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 PRIVACY & DATA PROTECTION PRINCIPLES

We access, analyze, store, transmit or otherwise use only data that has been obtained by lawful and fair means, including, where appropriate, with the knowledge or consent of the data subject
 
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 design, carry out, report and document our activities with accuracy and transparency 
 
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 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 our privacy officer Mila Romanoff: Romanoff[at]UNGlobalPulse[dot]Org