Data Protection for Social Protection

Key Issues for Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Drafted by Ben Wagner and Carolina Ferro (2020)

Partner: GIZ and SPIAC-B

New technologies can bring advantages to social protection systems. However, they also carry inherent challenges and risks. In this issue paper, we discuss the risks to privacy and personal data, particularly adapted to the context of social protection systems in low and middle-income countries. We argue that if the necessary safeguards are put in place there is no contradiction between the right to privacy and providing effective social protection systems. However, social protection authorities and practitioners around the world may face challenges in complying with national and international data protection and privacy standards and legal frameworks. Consequently, social protection authorities and practitioners need special attention and support.

Keywords: Data Protection, Social Protection, Digital Technologies, Low and Middle-Income Countries, Good Practices, Minimum Standards.

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