The Crucial Need to Secure the Location Data of Vulnerable Populations

Faine Greenwood - Brookings

Now, thanks to events in Afghanistan, there is greater attention than ever on the drawbacks of data collection in humanitarian contexts. Much of the post-Taliban takeover reporting on data dangers has understandably focused on the potential misuses of the aforementioned stores of biometric data, which is used to identify people with very high reliability based on features like their fingerprints or their eyes. But amid the focus on biometric data, there has been far too little attention paid to another data-driven danger to vulnerable people: location.