Ethics Corner

Technology always moves at a faster speed than lawmakers and regulators - this is especially true within the data domain, particularly now!
The aim of this page is to keep you updated with a topic that holds the fate of the data industry's future in its hands - the ethical dimensions of online data collection.

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Building and maintaining an ethical-by-design platform is of paramount importance to us and should be to all industry players - the future of our industry depends on it. Doing so requires a myriad of safeguards and layers - to learn more about ours, click here. To understand how we source our Residential IPs, click here. And to discover more about what makes our SDK ethical, click here.

World Ethical Data Forum

Bright Data x World Ethical Forum (WEDF)


The meaning of ‘ethics’ is complex to define – and when it comes to data collection, even more so. It is for this reason that Bright Data partnered with the WEDF, aiming to address the ethical dimensions, considerations, and challenges associated with data collection, in a world of rapid technological development where the law itself fails to keep up and provide adequate guidance on this matter. Together, we are focused on expanding the dialog around data collection ethics, forming an ethical framework, and providing practical tools for industry players.

Or Lenchner @WEDF – Online data collection: why is it misunderstood?

Or Lencher

Bright Data CEO, Or Lenchner, presented his perspective on the misunderstood data collection domain and how to change the public perception around this misconstrued topic at the WEDF.

WEDF panel – Can online data collection be ethical?

Or Lencher

Bright Data CEO, Or Lenchner, participated in a panel with industry experts, discussing two burning questions: Is online data collection actually necessary and can it serve society as a whole? And can data collection be truly ethical/transparent?

In conversation with John Marshall and Nimrod Kozlovski

Nimrod Kozlovski

John Marshall, CEO WEDF, discusses ethical committees, data collection and more with Nimrod Kozlovski, Partner and Head of Tech and Regulation, HFN & Herzog Strategic

WEDF x Bright Data for King’s College London Technology and Data Festival

King’s College

This webinar for Kings College students aimed to encourage students to consider the various ethical and social justice-driven approaches to data collection, and to discuss the role of their generation in ensuring and shaping an ethical framework for data and data collection

Data Collection Ethical Committee (DCEC) with WEDF


Together with the WEDF, we established a first-of-its-kind Data Collection Ethical Committee (DCEC), involving leaders in the data ethics field, prominent academics, and industry experts. The committee aims to guide the entire industry toward established public guideline adherence regarding both collection and processing, that addresses both current and future complex ethical questions.

Ethical events

Bright Data X Market Research Society (MRS)

Market Research Society (MRS)

Bright Data has teamed up with the Market Research Society (MRS) and has become a member of the MRS’s International Affiliate program. MRS is the leading and most experienced professional research regulator in the world, working with government as the sector regulator and with privacy regulators internationally on Fair Data

Bright Data x The Institute for Government – A commercial perspective on data collection ethics

Gavin Freeguard

Bright Data CEO, Or Lenchner, was invited to speak at The Institute for Government’s event to share his perspective on ethical data collection. The Institute for Government is an independent think tank that aims to improve government effectiveness through research and analysis.

Data Talk – The difference between data collection and privacy regulations

Or Lencher

Bright Data CEO, Or Lenchner joined Omri Orgad and Phil Burns on Bright Data’s podcast, Data Talk, to discuss the difference between data privacy and data collection regulations, and why it’s critical to understand the difference.

Or Lenchner x Dr. Jen King fireside chat @ Web Summit 2020 – Ethical data collection

Dr. Jen King

Bright Data CEO, Or Lenchner, was invited to speak at the world’s largest technology event of the year - Web Summit, to discuss the ethical side of data collection with Jen King, Director of Privacy at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford University.

Additional Resources

Blog posts

The 10 commandments of ethical data collection (from a technical standpoint)

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Your data won’t serve you for long if it was collected unethically

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Compliance Monitoring, Transparency and Ethical Code Key to Data Collection -

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Ethical online data collection needs to be a default, not a choice

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When it comes to data collection, transparency and ethical standards are not a matter of choice

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Governance, Privacy, and Ethics at the Forefront of Data in 2021

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VMblog 2021 Industry Experts Video Predictions Series

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Ethics in regards to data collection platforms

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