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5 December 2023 - Transforming the UK’s Statistical Evidence Base - Oral evidence

Committee Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee
Inquiry Transforming the UK’s Statistical Evidence Base

Tuesday 5 December 2023

Start times: 9:30am (private) 10:00am (public)


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Are citizens’ data well protected? MPs to explore use of data in statistics and research

How well are the privacy and data of citizens in the UK being protected? And are the decisions being taken about the use of this data in statistics and research ethical? This is what MPs on the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee will set out to investigate in their evidence session next week. 

Meeting details

At 10:00am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Transforming the UK’s Statistical Evidence Base
Information Commissioner at Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)
At 11:00am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Transforming the UK’s Statistical Evidence Base
Head of Deliberative Engagement at Ipsos UK
Policy associate at Connected by Data

Tuesday’s hearing will explore the current legislative landscape for the protection of data, and examine whether there is compliance with this legislation, putting questions on these matters to the Information Commissioner, John Edwards. 

The cross-party Committee will also consider the ethical questions that arise as public agencies access and link new data sources, hearing from representatives from the organisations Ipsos and Connected by Data. MPs will also look at public attitudes to the changing data landscape, including the degree to which citizens trust the public bodies who collect, store and analyse their data.  

In previous evidence sessions for this inquiry, PACAC heard that public bodies are collecting and linking ever more data. Tuesday’s session will serve as an opportunity for MPs to find out whether government officials could engage more with citizens and communities about the privacy and ethical issues underlying the collection and use of their data. 

 

Location

The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

How to attend