Data privacy in the social sector – Who cares? What about?
Data has become ubiquitous. The world is rapidly digitising, and in our professional and private lives, more and more of our activities leave behind a trail of data.
For the social sector this means great opportunities – in the 2013 Trendreport we looked at the uses of "Big Data for Good". But the risks of data mining are also coming into sharper focus, not least since the Wikileaks revelations in 2013. It's clear that in the next few years, those working in the social sector all over the world will have to give a lot of thought to issues of data privacy and transparency.
What's less clear is what they think about these issues today. Does the need to protect beneficiaries' data even occur to an NGO in Brazil? How does a German foundation understand "transparency", and how does this differ from a Chinese foundation? Do Indonesian activists worry more about government surveillance or corporate data mining?
This 40-page report, produced by the betterplace lab and enabled by Mozilla, is based on research conducted during Lab Around the World in China, Brazil, India, Indonesia and Germany. There we conducted interviews with people working in the social sector about their attitudes and behaviour around matters of data privacy, transparency and trust.