Data Science: Government Processes - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:52 pm on 4 February 2020.

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Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe Deputy Leader of the House of Lords 2:52, 4 February 2020

I recognise the noble Baroness’s concern on universal credit. It is slightly wide of the Question on which I have been briefed; nevertheless, her points are well made. She asks how people can trust the system. The Government take the privacy of citizens’ data extremely seriously. The Government Digital Service is proceeding with work that takes into account both the data protection regime and other guidance, such as the Government’s data ethics framework. I want to be absolutely clear that the work being undertaken by the GDS removes personal data before any analysis takes place. It is not about profiling citizens; it is about enabling citizens to have better and easier access to government online systems.