The Council will:

  • Advise Folketinget (Danish parliament), ministers and public authorities on ethical issues associated with the use of data and new technology, including the many advantages offered by the use of data and new technology. The Council must continuously provide information on the possibility of new efforts within an authority's jurisdiction.
  • Monitor the development in society of the use of data and new technology and present recommendations, reports and statements on general and fundamental data ethical issues related thereto.
  • Be in charge of information and activities stimulating debate on data ethical issues and challenges faced by society. The Council will keep the public updated on this.
  • Submit an annual report to the government on recommendations and activities. The Council supports a culture in companies and within the public sector that is based on conscious decisions on sustainable data use.
  • Provide constructive discussions with relevant authorities and assist in ensuring transparency and dialogue; for example, in relation to the ethical principles that constitute an initiative in the strategy for use of artificial intelligence, and data ethical initiatives for which the Danish Business Authority is responsible, such as the dynamic toolbox for data ethics.

In connection with the execution of tasks, the Council must ensure an international outlook.

The Council may, on its own initiative, bring up subjects for discussion that are within the above framework.

The Council may also, at the government's request, discuss or prepare statements on certain subjects within the above framework.