Processing of Ethnic Data

Over the years, a consensus has been established among international monitoring bodies and non-governmental organizations about the importance of ethnic data. Accurate and reliable data about individuals’ ethnic belonging are necessary not only to support combating discrimination, but also to underpin the effective protection of national minorities: Ethnic data help to explore the position of (national) minorities in various fields of life, they serve as a reference point for adequate legislation and policy, they can also support individual and group rights claims. Yet, despite these benefits, ethnic data are also controversial and challenging, both for methodological and data protection reasons. Against this background, the Justice & Governance cluster is engaged in exploring the core conceptual and legal challenges to the processing of ethnic data.







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