Geonovum working towards developing an ethical framework for use of personal location data

Geonovum has decided to make a valuable contribution to this. It has developed an ethical framework for the use of personal location data.

Geonovum working towards developing an ethical framework for use of personal location data
Geonovum working towards developing an ethical framework for use of personal location data

Geonovum working towards developing an ethical framework for use of personal location data

The corona virus is spreading around the world at lightning speed. Naturally, virologists and epidemiologists dominate the public and scientific debate. But this crisis is not only about DNA and rNA. Where people are and how they move hugely influences the spread of the virus. Therefore, information about location and travel is seen as an important tool in the fight against COVID-19.

However, the great potential of (personal) location data also begs a number of questions: What does it mean for our privacy and democratic values? Now and in the long term? Is the price not too high? It is crucial to collectively ensure that data and apps are deployed in a responsible manner.

Geonovum has decided to make a valuable contribution to this. It has developed an ethical framework for the use of personal location data.

The purpose of the ethical reference is to inspire data users, but also policy makers and decision makers to help them collect, use and apply personal location data responsibly. Personal location data are all data that show where people are located and how they move, whether or not they can be traced. This data can, for example, be collected via mobile apps.

In the document it is now consulting, you will find a number of tools for ethical behaviour when applying location data. Inspiration is drawn from existing ethical codes and supplemented with input from meetings. Parts of this document still need to be enriched with examples, reflection and additions. The consultation will run until 30 June.

Wise with Location: https://www.geosamen.nl/wijsmetlocatie/

Locatie Pact: https://www.geosamen.nl/locatiepact/

The Location Pact and the knowledge platform Wise with Location were initiated as a consequence of an inspirational study trip to the US at the end of 2019. On behalf of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the pact and platform both facilitate a congregation of experts to explore the possibilities of: a national digital twin; artificial intelligence in the geo sector; and ethics in the use of location data. All three operations are implemented and directed by Geonovum.

Read more about the study trip via: https://bit.ly/3ahK9Vu