A-Team Insight Blogs

Seven Principles of a Data Ethics Framework

The issue of data ethics is surfacing at financial firms following the focus on data privacy required by General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance and the arrival of artificial intelligence (AI) applications in the workplace. It’s a difficult issue to manage as it can be interpreted in many ways, so how best can you address data ethics and make them part of the fabric of your organisation?

Lorraine Waters, chief data officer, financial crime risk, HSBC, will detail how the bank has built a framework for data ethics that draws on her experience in data governance and data strategy at next week’s A-Team Group Data Management Summit in London. She comments: “We need to be able to stand by our use of data, for the bank, our customers, and the community we work with.”

Data ethics is top of the house at HSBC with board attention and the development of seven practical and applicable, useful and reusable principles and guidelines that are shared with data management practitioners. The data ethics principles cover consistency with HSBC values, data privacy, clearly defined purposes of data use, unfair bias and decision making, responsibility for AI, adaptable data governance and ongoing development of best practice.

Waters says the inclusion of data ethics at HSBC is going well, with policy weaving the principles and guidelines into the bank’s risk and control framework, and an agile approach to data governance and ethical considerations helping to keep up with change in a data driven organisation.

One caveat Waters points to is people’s excitement around technology. She explains: “We have a partnership with The Alan Turing Institute that focuses on innovative capabilities. Data scientists want to get the most out of data, but equally we need to reign in technology and employ data governance to ensure we meet our data ethics principles.”

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

Share article

Related content

WEBINAR

Recorded Webinar: How agile data management can power business transformation

Don’t miss this opportunity to view the recording of this recently held webinar. An asset manager’s ability to successfully execute on business transformation plans can make the difference between thriving and barely surviving in today’s competitive, digitally connected and regulatory-constrained environment. The more progressive buy-side firms are embarking on business transformation programmes that range from...

BLOG

President Role Propels Ex-SunGard Man Richards to BPS

Dale Richards, the ex-SunGard executive vice-president who launched its enterprise data management strategy, has been named president of BPS (Business Propulsion Systems), provider of enterprise governance, risk and compliance solutions. Since leaving SunGard, the former FAME CEO had been running LakeFront Data Ventures, a company seeking to build a network of small EDM providers. Richards’...

EVENT

Data Management Summit London

Now in its 8th year, the Data Management Summit (DMS) in London explores the shift to the new world where data is redefining the operating model and firms are seeking to unlock value via data transformation projects for enterprise gain and competitive edge.

GUIDE

Regulatory Data Handbook 2018/2019 – Sixth Edition

In a testament to the enduring popularity of the A-Team Regulatory Data Handbook, we are delighted to publish a sixth edition for 2018-19 of our comprehensive guide to all the regulations and rules that might impact data and data management at your institution. As in previous editions of the Regulatory Data Handbook, we have updated...