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Data Protection and Biometrics: Scanned by International Aid Organizations

– International Civil Society Centre

NGOs must ensure the data they process and collect is trustworthy and consentual

Many NGOs have developed digitally, which includes collecting personal data on those they work directly with. The information processed and collected includes demographic information and biometric data. Due to the nature and scale of the processed data, it is vital that we can trust NGOs to collect data voluntarily and protect it accordingly.

“Especially the international NGOs, these are the western institutions led and funded from the global North, will claim that they follow the GDPR, as the current international gold standard in data protection, even in countries outside of Europe.”

This article explores the pitfalls of data protection in NGOs. Most organizations follow the rules set by the country they originate from. This can be positive, for example the North strictly enforces laws and regulations on data privacy. Some NGOs create internal standards or follow other countries. However, for many NGOs, standards of data protection fall short in the areas of consent, privacy, and security as they do not prioritize it.

The NGOs know that they have to gain and maintain the trust of that important segment of the public since their financial and reputational survival is at stake

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