All Highways England information will be managed and used ethically to protect individuals and their legal rights and build trust not just in what we do but how we do it.
Highways England wants to be an organisation that is trusted by the public, our stakeholders and ourselves.
To achieve this, we will manage and use our data according to our company values.
We expect our supply chain and stakeholders to do the same, when managing or using our data. We want anyone who believes we are not abiding by our values to be able to come forward without fear.
Our ethical principles link to our five values:
No harm or negative impact to their well-being should come to the public, our people and the environment through the management and use of data.
All data will be considered in relation to the people it may represent and impact and treated with due consideration to their rights.
We will understand the limitations of data and understand how the dataset came to be. We will take its sources, collection circumstances and biases into account and make sure data is fit for purpose.
Responsibility for the ethical use of data will be shared by all our people. This applies to the full information lifecycle. We will work together in achieving the shared goal of delivering value to the public.
Leveraging our team, we will work together to use data ethically
Our ethical principles must inform the development of information use cases, management of our information, decision-making processes and the use of our information.
Suppliers may have their own ethical frameworks for their own data.
When managing and using Highways England data, we expect suppliers to apply Highways England’s ethical principles as listed above.
Where a decision has been made regarding the ethical use of our data, a supplier must notify Highways England of that decision.