Responsible group data for children

Issue brief | Understanding how and why group data is collected and what can be done to protect children’s rights

Four boys smiling on the playground of their school
UNICEF/UNI309786/Frank Dejongh


This work is part of UNICEF’s Good Governance of Children's Data project.

While the data protection field largely focuses on individual data harms, it is a focus that obfuscates and exacerbates the risks of data that could put groups of people at risk, such as the residents of a particular village, rather than individuals.

Though not well-represented in the current responsible data literature and policy domains writ large, the challenges group data poses are immense. Moreover, the unique and amplified group data risks facing children are even less scrutinized and understood.

To achieve Responsible Data for Children (RD4C) and ensure effective and legitimate governance of children’s data, government policymakers, data practitioners, and institutional decision makers need to ensure children’s group data are a core consideration in all relevant policies, procedures, and practices.

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Andrew Young, The GovLab
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