Ethnic Sensitive Data Collection

Collection and processing of ethnicity data is an important element in diversity management, providing quantitative grounding for policy development and acting as an indicator for the measurement on the effectiveness of minority protection. In addition, such data can be used as evidence in discrimination cases before courts, or as a parameter in developing antidiscrimination policies. Yet, it is not a simple issue, since the collection of such data can collide with the right to protection of privacy and personal data. This is because the data on national affiliation (together with ethnicity, language, religion) are sensitive, as such their misuse can have grave negative impact on persons, their status, and enjoyment of rights. Yet, the threat over misuse of data should not be addressed with the simple prohibition of collecting ethnic sensitive data, which is an approach not unknown in European states. Much more, collection and processing of ethnically sensitive data should be allowed, if the strong safeguards for data protection are in place. The aim of this Cluster is to explore the following: European standards in ethnic sensitive data collection, legal frameworks and practices of European states in this regard, existing problems, new developments, and impacts on minority protection throughout Europe. 

Contact person: Dr. Ljubica Djordjevic

ECMI founders:

The German Federal GovernmentThe German
Federal Government
The Danish GovernmentThe Danish
The Federal State Schleswig-HolsteinThe Federal State