How does HDX define sensitive data?

For the purpose of sharing data through HDX, we have developed the following categories to communicate data sensitivity:

  1. Non-Sensitive – This includes datasets containing country statistics, roadmaps, weather data and other data with no foreseeable risk associated with sharing.
  2. Uncertain Sensitivity – For this data, sensitivity depends on a number of factors, including other datasets collected in the same context, what technology is or could be used to extract insights, and the local context from which the data is collected or which will be impacted by use of the data.
  3. Sensitive – This includes any dataset containing personal data of affected populations or aid workers. Datasets containing demographically identifiable information (DII) or community identifiable information (CII) that can put affected populations or aid workers at risk, are also considered sensitive data. Depending on context, satellite imagery can also fall into this third category of sensitivity.