The National Urban League, along with a coalition of civil rights and privacy advocates, today released the Civil Rights Principles for the Era of Big Data. These principles are aimed at reasserting the privacy rights of consumers and promoting the responsible collection and use of data in a way that upholds American values of equal protection, opportunity and justice.
National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial issued the following statement on the release of the Principles:
“The civil rights community understands all too well the impact that surveillance and supposedly random data collection can have on communities of color. As technological progress continues to make this collection easier and less transparent, we must ensure that our democratic values of equal protection, opportunity and justice are upheld. The National Urban League is pleased to join this coalition of civil rights and privacy advocates to promote these big data principles which protect these vital democratic ideals.
“The mission of the Urban League movement is to enable African Americans and other underserved urban residents to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights. Therefore, we will continue to closely monitor the actions of government and corporate entities who use big data to monitor, track and, in effect, profile the people in the communities we serve.”