Good governance of children’s data
Featured project | Developing a manifesto to protect children’s data security and privacy
The fluidity of children’s attitudes, preferences and identity, along with the lower capacity of younger children to make informed decisions and have full agency presents unique challenges to children’s data security and privacy.
This raises issues beyond data protection including: the validity of applying concepts such as informed consent to children; the extent to which parents can serve as surrogates for decisions regarding children’s data; and the right to have data erased or forgotten. There is widespread belief that standards of data protection and security concerning children should be set at a higher level.
Data governance concerns the universe of rules and norms under which data use falls. Beyond data management or even data protection, it entails policy, strategies, standards, rights and accountability on the end-to-end cycle of data. However, currently there is no global set of standards on children’s data governance that addresses key concerns related to children’s data.
We are developing a manifesto that will set aspirational benchmarks to guide governments, the private sector and international organizations in developing data governance that take full account of children’s issues and rights. The manifesto aims to propose the world we want and to address ambiguous or sensitive areas where there are no straightforward answers.
To develop this manifesto, a working group of 19 global experts from the private sector, academia, think tanks and others are meeting throughout 2020 to provide analysis, insights, guidance and comments. Working group members will also be writing short commentaries that examine data governance approaches, evidence, gaps and grey or conflicting areas. A wider group will be engaged via convenings throughout the year. A draft version of the manifesto will be shared for public consultation in order to come to a more robust version before the end of 2020.
Analysis and insight
State surveillance and implications for children
Data governance for young people in the commercialized digital environment
Kathryn C. Montgomery, Jeff Chester and Katharina Kopp
COVID-19: A spotlight on child data governance gaps
Linda Raftree, Emma Day and Jasmina Byrne