Guidance

Data Science Ethical Framework

This framework is intended to give civil servants guidance on conducting data science projects, and the confidence to innovate with data.

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Data Science Ethical Framework

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Data science provides huge opportunities for government. Harnessing new forms of data with increasingly powerful computer techniques increases operational efficiency, improves public services and provides insight for better policymaking.

We want people in government to feel confident using data science techniques to innovate. This guidance is intended to bring together relevant laws and best practice, to give teams robust principles to work with.

The publication is a first version that we are asking the public, experts, civil servants and other interested parties to help us perfect and iterate. This will include taking on evidence from a public dialogue on data science ethics. It was published on 19 May by the Minister for Cabinet Office, Matt Hancock. If you would like to help iterate the framework, please send us an email

Published 19 May 2016