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Navigating the Labyrinth: An Executive Guide to Data Management by Laura Sebastian-Coleman for DAMA International

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Chapter 4 Data Ethics

Defined simply, ethics are principles of behavior based on ideas of right and wrong. Ethical principles often focus on ideas such as fairness, respect, responsibility, integrity, justice, quality, reliability, transparency, and trust. Data handling ethics are concerned with how to procure, store, manage, use, and dispose of data in ways that are aligned with ethical principles. In other words, they are concerned with doing the right things with data and preventing the wrong things from being done with data, even when no one is looking.

Handling data – not only managing it, but using it and sharing it with other entities – in an ethical manner is necessary to the long-term success of any organization that wants to get value ...

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