The UK Government’s Data Ethics Framework

The UK Government’s Data Ethics Framework guides the design of appropriate data use in government and the wider public sector. This guidance is aimed at anyone working directly or indirectly with data in the public sector, including data practitioners (statisticians, analysts and data scientists), policymakers, operational staff and those helping produce data-informed insight.

The Data Ethics Framework principles:
1. Start with clear user need and public benefit
2. Be aware of relevant legislation and codes of practice
3. Use data that is proportionate to the user need
4. Understand the limitations of the data
5. Ensure robust practices and work within your skillset
6. Make your work transparent and be accountable
7. Embed data use responsibly