Humanitarian UAV Guidelines on Data Protection

  1. Collect and analyze data in a manner that is impartial to avoid discrimination. Informed consent should be secured insofar as the situation allows. As far as possible, data collection and analysis should highlight the needs and aspirations of vulnerable and marginalized groups.
  2. Carefully determine need(s) before identifying an appropriate data collection platform. Then ensure that the data you collect is necessary and proportionate given the need you are intending to meet. When possible, data from UAVs should be used in conjunction with other data sources and not relied on exclusively.
  3. Where appropriate and feasible, take reasonable measures to establish informed consent for data collection by UAVs. When consent could not be obtained, take extra care vis-a-vis sharing this data with respect to data privacy and protection.
  4. Before you deploy, establish a plan for managing the data you will collect, including who will own the data, the standards you will use and whether it is interoperable with other systems and existing platforms.  The overarching priority should be to mitigate risk for the individual.
  5. Establish a plan for responsibly storing, sharing and discarding the data you will collect, including ensuring the security of storage and transmission of data.
  6. Consider solutions for privacy and ethical sensitivities (blurring, virtual machines to query the data, down sampling).
  7. Before deploying, conduct a risk assessment taking into account the context within which you will be operating, covering the data that will be collected and the tools that will be used.
  8. Before collecting, sharing or storing data that is particularly sensitive, an assessment should be conducted to mitigate the risk and benefit. This can include religious and military sites and other information that may be considered military intelligence, and may also include other information according to the local context and the type of response, such as religious and critical infrastructure, pictures of the deceased, communication records or personal data.

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