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Public consultation on Digital ethics

With the evolution of digital technologies has come a paradigm shift in almost all aspects of our daily lives; this evolution raises ethical questions and complex dilemmas for societies to grapple with.

Are technologies shaping our values? Can data protection rules and laws alone regulate new technological developments such as robotics or AI?

It is time to explore the horizon beyond compliance with data protection principles, to wider ethical considerations. 

The aim of this public consultation is to involve you in the discussion. All sections of society from associations and NGOs to trade organisations, public authorities or think tanks (among others) – you are all invited to contribute to this consultation to inform the debate on digital ethics. 

Even if your reflections are in their infancy, you are invited to participate in the consultation and reply to questions 1 to 9. If you are more advanced, you can go through questions 1 to 11. 

You are all invited to respond to questions 14 – 17, which relate to the reflections of the Ethics Advisory Group (EAG) on digital ethics (see below background information on the EDPS initiative on Digital Ethics). 

Your responses will be incorporated in a discussion paper that the EDPS will publish for the public session of the 2018 International Conference of Privacy and Data Protection Commissioners.
Background information

The EDPS Strategy 2015-2019 says that Europe should take the lead in the conversation on the legal and ethical consequences of new technologies.

In January 2016, the EDPS established an independent Ethics Advisory Group to help stimulate an open and informed discussion on digital ethics.

The work of the Group as well as the results of 2 workshops (1) (2) hosted by the EDPS contributed to the societal debate that aims to develop a new framework of digital ethics which can protect the freedom of individuals from the risks of the unlimited processing of personal data, with human dignity at its core.

You can read more about the reflections of the Ethics Advisory Group (EAG) on digital ethics in the report published at the end of its mandate on 31 January 2018.

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