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Regulation and official guidance

Data ethics framework


Guidance for public sector organisations on how to use data appropriately and responsibly when planning, implementing, and evaluating a new policy or service.

The Data Ethics Framework is a set of principles to guide the design of appropriate data use in the public sector. It is aimed at anyone working with data in the public sector, including:

  • data practitioners (for example statisticians, analysts and data scientists)
  • policymakers
  • operational staff
  • people helping to produce data-informed insight

The ‘Data Ethics Framework: legislation and codes of practice for use of data’ document outlines the main pieces of legislation that apply to using data.

The ‘Data Ethics Framework: editable template’ document will help teams working with data record their answers to the framework questions.

This content is available under the Open Government Licence v3.0

Key Information

Jurisdiction: UK - UK-wide

Name of organisation: Central Digital and Data Office

Date published: 13 Jun 2018


Domain: Horizontal

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