IOM’s Data Protection Principles were developed in 2009 to assist IOM staff in handling personal data. However, due to rapid changes in technology and new threats to data protection, staff requested further guidance on how to apply the principles to the innovative practices and technologies used to collect, analyse, store and share humanitarian data. This document combines best practices of IOM staff who work with data with the expertise of renowned experts in the field of data and technology to suggest ethical approaches to better managing the risks presented by the use of innovative technologies. It includes guidance on using technologies such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), satellite imagery, social medial, mobile network data, instant messaging applications, and advanced computing techniques.
DTM Global Support Team