Data privacy and charity tech innovation

The new Samaritans’ Radar App *, which scans tweets to alert friends of people who might be in a mentally vulnerable state, has raised issues of data privacy in charity innovation. A discussion article on Civil Society Media argues that “the backlash” must not put charities off new technologies http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/it/blogs/content/18511/.

The Guardian has further support from the author of an upcoming report into attitudes towards data privacy in civil society organisations. This report, due out soon, is based on interviews with people working in the social sector in China, Brazil, India, Indonesia and Germany, see http://www.betterplace-lab.org/privacy-report.

* Update; the app has been suspended since this item was written, but the connected articles are still relevant.