Council’s against data discrimination: 10 Questions to ensure your Council isn’t committing data discrimination.

A guide for local authority Councillors wishing to prevent data discrimination occurring within their Council.

Importance of Data Protection & working to eradicate data discrimination. 

`In the UK, several laws, including the UK GDPR and 2018 Data Protection Act, address personal data protection. Personal data can include someone’s name, email address, and location. ‘Sensitive’ personal data can reveal someone’s race, religious beliefs, political opinions, or trade union membership status. Local authorities and Councilors will handle people’s sensitive personal data in their work.

As technology embeds itself in every aspect of our lives, companies and government bodies are acquiring a wealth of data about us. From staying in touch with loved ones to searching for health information online or ordering from an online food shop, the data that is collected on us can create a highly detailed picture of our likes and dislikes and our background and personality. This information can be used for good, but it also gives companies tremendous power to profile, manipulate, and potentially unlawfully discriminate against individuals.

Good, well-managed data personal data, coupled with public data transparency, can help inform the delivery of local public services. However, poorly managed data and biased algorithms can also lead to negative outcomes with people suffering ‘data discrimination’. Many Councilors will have come across situations where a local resident has had an unfair decision made about them because of either incorrect data being held about them or a flawed automatic decision-making process failing to take their

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