Ask a Data Ethicist: How Can We Address the Ethics of Reusing Data?

April 8, 2024

Reusing data is a fundamental part of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Yet, when we collect data for one purpose, and use it for other purposes, we could be crossing both legal and ethical boundaries.

How can we address the ethics of reusing data?

Understand Your Data

Before we address the issue of reuse, we should first seek to understand the original context of our dataset. Why do we have this data? Where did it come from? Who collected it? For what purpose? What else do we know about it?