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

18 May 2021
Last updated:
6 September 2021

Where can I find out more?

If you require any further support in addressing ethical issues in your planned project or incorporating ethical principles, please contact the UK Statistics Authority Data Ethics team or visit our webpages for further information on the support services that we offer.

These guidelines have focussed on ethical issues as they arise in the context of geospatial data and statistics – there are a wealth of other sources available that relate to geospatial data more widely.

You can find out more information at the following sources:

The Geospatial Commission

  • The Geospatial Commission is an expert committee within the Cabinet Office, responsible for setting the UK’s geospatial strategy and coordinating public sector geospatial activity.


  • UK Statistics Authority’s ethical principles and ethics self-assessment tool.
  • The Locus Charter provide 10 overarching principles in the ethical and responsible use of location data.
  • UNICEF provide guidance on ethical considerations when using geospatial technologies in evidence generation.
  • The Royal Geographical Society have collated a range of resources to support the consideration of ethical issues in GIS.
  • The British Geological Survey have developed a research ethics and research integrity policy related to the ethical use of data in this space.


Other interesting sources

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