Data Quality and Security

Quality depends on the users

Civil Rights Defenders does not perform quality assurance on the information uploaded onto the Defenders’ Database (DiDi). With certified users we regularly quality check their routines, competence and capacity to report violations on human rights, and make sure that within our possibility that no misuse occur. However, we only provide the tool for the work. The quality of the information will always depend on the user who uploaded it.

In order to guarantee or strengthen the capacity of the organisations using DiDi we offer training on how to report human rights violations and how to use DiDi as a tool. We evaluate the quality of their work once every year in order to further increase their capacity in human rights work, networking, and monitoring throughout the year.

Never detached from the source

The data which is uploaded on DiDi is the property of the users who have recorded it, and it will never be detached from the source. Civil Rights Defenders will however have access to the data in the database, as well as the possibility to use it for analysis and reports.

The information that is published on the DiDi’s website remains the property of the submitters but is viewable by the general public. All data is anonymised when published by Civil Rights Defenders, but we may publish statements and articles where the involved people have asked us to name them in order to gain attention and public awareness.

Human errors

The data that is imported into the database through the parsing tool might contain minor errors as it is impossible for the parser to avoid all irregularities and typos in the reports. To the best extent possible, we will publish or link to the reports in their original format and provide a description on how the parsing module reads them so that users are able to double check. Please contact us if you find any errors.

Data security – Your data is encrypted

The data is encrypted and backed up daily. All communication to the Defenders’ Database, including everything from uploading predefined reports and registering data, to synchronising the offline tool is encrypted.

We are able to follow live every change and edit made in the database. If we detect any malware or hacker attempts we will be able to do a follow-up and find the source of the issue.

Keeping up to date

It is difficult to make something completely bulletproof when it comes to security, but we at Civil Rights Defenders do our best to keep ourselves updated with the latest safety procedures available. We require all users to create strong passwords and, although we currently only offer one kind of two-factor authentication on our offline application, we plan to implement a two-factor authentication on the online version in the future.

Security for users

As DiDi contains sensitive data, security for the users as well as the victims involved in the records is key. All communication to DiDi, including everything from uploading reports and registering data, to synchronising the offline tool is encrypted.

If the situation would arise where a hacker has managed to intercept the connection, the HTTPS system is using a SSL/TLS-based encryption to create an encrypted channel, making it difficult for the person to decipher the data.

Issues or questions

If you have questions regarding data quality or security, please contact us.