At A Glance – Data Ethicists

The role that’s bringing conscience to code

Data ethicists are fast becoming an important role in the digital age. These are figures hired to inform decision making and support the implementation of artificial intelligence within a corporation.

It can be tempting for businesses to dive straight in, implementing new strategies and emerging technology without hesitation. The stakes when it comes to data, however, are extremely high, and employing a specialist to respond to potential threats is a wise move for businesses.

When data is used inappropriately, a business can lose out on consumers’ trust and its reputation can be considerably damaged. Having the perspective of an expert in both moral code and code itself can protect companies from such potential issues. Introducing a data ethicist to your team to consult and support data-driven decisions could therefore be the change that transforms how you approach data usage and allow you to take more informed and promising risks.

The main duties for a data ethicist include detecting and predicting risks, ensuring that data is being interpreted and used appropriately, and answering concerns both businesses and consumers might have. For example, it’s important that consumers understand what they are consenting to when they agree to their data being used, especially in a time of location tracking and cybersecurity uncertainties.

A data ethicist must also be aware of the ramifications new and existing technology might have for a business, so that they can be confident in their actions. In spite of a range of localised measures, such as Europe’s GDPR, there isn’t a set of universally agreed upon rules and regulations with data. The implication of this is that a data ethicist is faced with researching and defining what can and can’t be shared from a broad hub of opinions and laws.

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