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.

This publication was withdrawn on

This guidance has been replaced by the Data Ethics Framework.


Withdrawn: Data Science Ethical Framework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. It was published on 19 May 2016 by the Minister for Cabinet Office, Matt Hancock.

Published 19 May 2016
Last updated 13 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added link to Data Ethics Framework, which has superseded the Data Science Ethical Framework.

  2. First published.