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New publication: Trustworthy migrant-centric apps and other ICT tools: Data protection as the last line of defence

  • June 7, 2022

FRC members Bianca-Ioana Marcu, Júlia Zomignani Barboza and Prof. Paul de Hert contributed to the newly book Information and Communications Technology in Support of Migration with a chapter entitled Trustworthy Migrant-Centric Apps and Other ICT Tools: Data Protection as the Last Line of Defence.

In their contribution, they highlight the importance of implementing the key principles of data protection by design and by default into the design of apps developed for migrants’ integration, taking the approach that data protection is one of the last lines of defence for vulnerable individuals. The chapter focuses on how the implementation of data protection principles can encourage transparency, increase migrants’ awareness of data protection rights and foster trust in the technology. It alsoprovides an example of their practical implementation in the REBUILD project and the efforts taken to ensure the apps created enable the integration of migrants without exposing them to harms associated with the processing of their personal data. The authors conclude that every initiative developing apps and other ICTs to support migrants should do so whilst embedding data protection principles into their design.


Their chapter is available here.