Government accepts data ethics council proposal

The government has responded positively to the big data report published by the House of Commons select committee on Science and Technology in February 2016.The report had called for “urgent action on the digital skills crisis” and on “overcoming public distrust over data sharing”. It also called for the establishment of a Council of Data Ethics in the Alan Turing Institute to address “well-founded” public concern about privacy and security. The committee’s chair, Conservative member of Parliament (MP) Nicola Blackwood, recently spoke at a techUK “data-driven” economy focused event in London. She told the audience that the committee’s recommendation that a data ethics council is established to oversee the government’s use of personal data sets has been accepted. “Hopefully, we shall see some progress on that,” she said, adding that…


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