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Data ethics council to launch

The Danish government is to set up a data ethics council to advise it on, and help to shape public debate around, how public authorities can use data responsibly.

The council is expected to be set up in early 2019, the government announced on 24 October. It will follow on from the work of a government expert group on data ethics set up in March.

“With technological development, the possibilities of using data are getting bigger and it is important that we continuously have a debate about our data usage and the ethical issues that the use of data raises,” said innovation minister Sophie Løhde. “There is a need for a data ethics council that can help to qualify the social debate and make recommendations for how we use data in a responsible and trustworthy way to develop the public sector.”

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