Ethical considerations in the use of geospatial data for research and statistics

18 May 2021
Last updated:
6 September 2021


This guidance document explores ethical considerations in the use of geospatial data for research, analysis and statistics. It has been developed by the UK Statistics Authority’s Centre for Applied Data Ethics in partnership with geospatial colleagues.

It is divided into 8 main parts, providing an initial introduction to geospatial data and ethics, before moving on to consider case examples and potential mitigations related to four key areas, as well as links to further resources.

An ethics checklist is also provided for researchers and analysts using geospatial data, which summarises the main points covered in this guidance.

Don’t have time to read the whole document? Skip to our geospatial ETHICS CHECKLIST