Paper vs. Practice? How legal and ethical frameworks influence public sector data professionals in the Netherlands

Isabelle Fest, Maranke Wieringa, Ben Wagner*

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Abstract

Recent years have seen a massive growth in ethical and legal frameworks to govern data science practices. Yet one of the core questions associated with ethical and legal frameworks is the extent to which they are implemented in practice. A particularly interesting case in this context comes to public officials, for whom higher standards typically exist. We are thus trying to understand how ethical and legal frameworks influence the everyday practices on data and algorithms of public sector data professionals. The following paper looks at two cases: public sector data professionals (1) at municipalities in the Netherlands and (2) at the Netherlands Police. We compare these two cases based on an analytical research framework we develop in this article to help understanding of everyday professional practices. We conclude that there is a wide gap between legal and ethical governance rules and the everyday practices.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100604
JournalPatterns
Volume3
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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