Considerations for Using Data Responsibly at USAID
As we increasingly digitize our programs and activities, enormous opportunities emerge for time savings, cost savings, and even saving lives. However, digital tools can introduce the potential for harm if used without appropriate attention to critical issues like privacy, security, or the many unique ways people interact with digital technologies across cultural, social, and gender lines. Many of the risks associated with data use may not come from what many of us envision as traditional threats, such as hackers or intentionally nefarious actors. Ultimately, we must acknowledge that some of the greatest risks may come from the false sense that issues of privacy and security exist solely in the realms of checklists and compliance. We must address the risk posed by even wellintentioned actors if we do not appreciate how to responsibly leverage the powerful tools we wield.