Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Mathematics

Senior Research Investigator



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Mrs Agnieszka Damasiewicz Niccolai +44 (0)20 7594 2843




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BibTex format

author = {Hand, DJ},
doi = {10.1089/big.2018.0083},
journal = {Big Data},
pages = {176--190},
title = {Aspects of data ethics in a changing world: Where are we now?},
url = {},
volume = {6},
year = {2018}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - Ready data availability, cheap storage capacity, and powerful tools for extracting information from data have the potential to significantly enhance the human condition. However, as with all advanced technologies, this comes with the potential for misuse. Ethical oversight and constraints are needed to ensure that an appropriate balance is reached. Ethical issues involving data may be more challenging than the ethical challenges of some other advanced technologies partly because data and data science are ubiquitous, having the potential to impact all aspects of life, and partly because of their intrinsic complexity. We explore the nature of data, personal data, data ownership, consent and purpose of use, trustworthiness of data as well as of algorithms and of those using the data, and matters of privacy and confidentiality. A checklist is given of topics that need to be considered.
AU - Hand,DJ
DO - 10.1089/big.2018.0083
EP - 190
PY - 2018///
SN - 2167-6461
SP - 176
TI - Aspects of data ethics in a changing world: Where are we now?
T2 - Big Data
UR -
UR -
VL - 6
ER -