Declan Trezise, Technology consultant working for Monster.com’s Government Solutions division, hosted a lively roundtable discussion at thefuturestory - Today 2014. Declan talked about effective recruitment data use and challenged our group about how we are using data as individuals as well as within our organisations. We kicked off by discussing how data is neutral and it needs a story to add meaning - something mentioned by Kathryn Corrick from the Open Data Institute during the panel discussion earlier in the day. Declan explained that whilst data is accurate, it can be polluted - for example insurance companies using data about your address to make decisions about your policy when this could include information about previous tenants / residents.
As a group we felt that individuals were becoming increasingly cautious about how personal data is used and how we share that data, but felt a lack of control and knowledge in terms of where a lot of information is held and by whom. Few of us think about the data we create every day in the workplace, from attendance through to phone calls and photocopies made.
The original question was turned to 'where' can we use data intelligently and business seemed to be the most obvious environment. However, often employees don't know how their information is gong to be used and therefore how to protect themselves from data misuse.
In line with today's news of the EU ruling in favour of data that has the right to be forgotten we could see a movement towards data that doesn't stay forever - something that is already in evidence with users moving from Facebook to Snapchat.
The ongoing challenge of technical advances being ahead of legal developments to protect individuals was cited as being important in this area of intelligent data use and one that is not likely to be sorted out overnight.
In conclusion, however, we all agreed that people are the reason why we need data and it is essential that people are involved in decisions around how we use data in order to truly add value to the economy and society.
I think the discussions could have continued for much longer than the time allocated for our roundtable. A lot of our areas of debate were reflected in feedback from other workshop groups so the need for effective communication around recruitment data use is likely to be one that continues within organisations for some time to come. We hope you'll continue to follow our articles and join our discussions via our own data sharing forums such as LinkedIn.