Does the Use of Data Threaten Our Democracy?


Data has become an increasingly valuable asset for those that control it. Its increasingly prominent role in political campaigning and the inadequacy of current regulatory safeguards are central topics of the report co-authored by Stephanie Hankey (Tactical Tech), Julianne Kerr Morrison and Ravi Naik. The report was presented at the House of Lords on Wednesday 11 July, and is published by The Constitution Society.

Starting with a commentary on the increasing primacy of data to our personal lives, the paper goes on to explore the origins of political advertising and the inherent problems that exist as part of the wider data-brokering industry. The paper then lays out the current regulatory framework, highlighting the gaps, before concluding with recommendations to effect positive and real change in the field.

Full report is available on the website of The Constitution Society.