When data is shared between organisations, who is responsible for acting?

When organisations pass data to each other, it brings up a range of questions about who owns the data, how it should be treated and who is responsible for acting on the results. 

Mark Latonero raised this issue in relation to human trafficking data at the recent meeting of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition:

Corporations such as Western Union, Google, and J.P. Morgan Chase are analyzing data that can reveal financial transactions or other evidence of human trafficking. When this data is shared with human rights groups and researchers, it brings up yet-unanswered questions about who has a responsibility to act if a human rights abuse is uncovered, and who has the responsibility to report and monitor that situation.

Would your organisation be happy to share information with a private-sector organisation? How would you deal with these issues? Let us know in the comments or contact [at] responsibledata [dot] io.

This can help you with: Sharing Data
Issue areas: Data re-use

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Published on: 9 Mar 2015
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