UCL Faculty of Laws


Dr Sylvie Delacroix presents a paper at Data for Policy 2017 conference

7 September 2017

Dr Sylvie Delacroix, Reader in Legal Theory and Ethics at UCL Faculty of Laws and UCL Computer Science, presented a paper on “Pervasive data profiling, moral equality and civic responsibility” at the Data for Policy 2017 conference in Westminster on 6 September 2017.

Dr Delacroix emphasised that our overwhelming focus on active consent -and disclosure obligations on the part of data-controllers- risks making us blind to other types of moral hazards which both consent and disclosure are powerless to address. Those moral hazards are the compromising of civic responsibility and moral inequality (in contrast to epistemic inequality, which receives a lot of attention). Tackling those hazards will require some creative partnership between policy makers and engineers to design “counter-profiling” tools.