A new partnership between the United Nations’ World Food Programme and intelligence analytics firm Palantir raises concerns among privacy and data protection advocates, Irin reports. The $45 million partnership is intended to analyze data from the U.N.’s food relief agency over the next five years to help identify cost-saving efficiencies, but advocates warn that the deal was made without proper safeguards for the sensitive data belonging to the highly vulnerable population the WFP serves. WFP Chief Information Officer Enrica Porcari clarified that data would remain under control of the WFP. A spokesperson for Privacy International warned, “There are risks to both individuals and whole populations from the gathering and processing of data from humanitarian activities.” Editor’s Note: Together with the U.N., the IAPP released a white paper on ethics and privacy.
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