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

Purpose compatibility

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

Individual privacy

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

Data security

We ensure reasonable and appropriate technical and organisational safeguards are in place to prevent unauthorised disclosure or breach of data

Data sensitivity

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.

Our collaborators

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.

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