Privacy and Data Protection Principles
UNU-CS Human Subjects Research Process
All research undertaken at UNU-CS must adhere to our data privacy and data protection principles listed below.
Purpose of Use
We access, analyse or otherwise use data for the purposes consistent with the United Nations mandate and in furtherance of the Sustainable Development Goals
Right to use
We access, analyze or otherwise use data that has been obtained by lawful and fair means, including, where appropriate, with the knowledge or consent of the individual whose data is used
We ensure to the extent possible, that all of the data we use for project purposes is adequate, relevant, and not excessive in relation to the legitimate and fair purposes for which the data was obtained
We do not access, analyse or otherwise use the content of private communications without the knowledge or proper consent of the individual
We do not knowingly or purposefully access, analyse, or otherwise use personal data, which was shared by an individual with a reasonable expectation of privacy without the knowledge or consent of the individual
We do not attempt to knowingly and purposefully re-identify de-identified data, and we make all reasonable efforts to prevent any unlawful and unjustified re-identification
We ensure reasonable and appropriate technical and organisational safeguards are in place to prevent unauthorised disclosure or breach of data
We employ stricter standards of care while conducting research among vulnerable populations and persons at risk, children and young people, and any other sensitive data
Data quality and accountability
We design, carry out, report and document our activities with adequate accuracy and openness
We provide guidelines, training, and tools for researchers to use in order to ensure the individuals whose data we use are not adversely affected by our research.
We require that our collaborators are acting in compliance with relevant law, data privacy and data protection standards and the United Nations’ global mandate.
Open data sets
We embrace open data, and where appropriate, and with informed consent from participants, we contribute high quality, open data sets.