UK government plans ethics council to guide big data researchers

The UK government has accepted a recommendation to create a council of data science ethics to help address complex challenges, including health monitoring and autonomous vehicles. The ethical body, which would be similar to those in medicine and academia, follows a recommendation in a report on big data published by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee in February in which the government was told to address “well founded” public concern about privacy and security. The committee based its recommendations on submissions from 81 organisations, including Alzheimer’s Research UK, Barclays Bank, a number of government departments, and IT suppliers EMC, Microsoft and SAP, and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, home of the UK’s leading genome sequencing centre. “We need to give data scientists the confidence to innovate with new…


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