The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has pledged to put data ethics front and centre in its future management of data of the State’s 77 local councils.
The LGAQ’s new framework will ensure that data generated by local government will produce meaningful insights into the expectations of communities while ensuring ethics and accountability will be at its core, LGAQ President Mayor Mark Jameison said.
“Trust has got to be at the centre of any data-driven relationship, but especially one involving councils and their local communities,” he said.
“People are rightly asking their councils to become more efficient and offer more value for the ratepayer dollar.”
“Data analysis unlocks opportunities to achieve these objectives, but councils need to be mindful of retaining the integrity of data for the purpose for which it is collected and maintaining a person’s privacy.”
Mayor Jamieson said the LGAQ wanted to set a benchmark for local councils in Queensland by adopting the ethics framework and pledging not to sell or otherwise misuse personal data.
He said the framework contained a series of checks and balances around the use of data, including the establishment of a special ethics committee of experts to advise on the right way to go about analysing and interpreting data sets.