Draft Ethical Guidelines Big Data and European Statistics

Document date: 
Friday, 28 July, 2017

The aim of these draft guidelines is to draw the attention of statistical authorities to possible issues related to professional ethics once big data is used for the production of official statistics and to recommend an approach that would be compliant with the statistical code of conduct. The draft guidelines are based on the results of the projects carried out by statistical institutes and research organisations investigating different aspects of the possible use of different types of big data in official statistics. The draft guidelines provide general recommendations that are common to the majority of types of big data and recommendations that may concern particular types of big data.

As the exploration of the potential of big data continues, it is obvious that these guidelines will need to be updated once more experience is collected. The recommendations have a rather general character and will need to be adapted to the national conditions and specific situation.