Poor data protection could put lives at risk, say Somalia aid workers

‘Extremely dangerous’ if personal information needed to process mobile payments is lost or falls into wrong hands, say staff

The rapid upscaling of digital technology use by international groups in Somalia is causing concern about the risk to the people whose data is being collected.

The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the use of programming by humanitarian organisations to deliver aid, but local staff working with several different NGOs say the organisations are not thinking enough about data protection or obtaining informed consent.

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