A core component of our company’s mission is to protect fundamental rights to privacy and civil liberties. Since the founding of the Palantir Philanthropy Engineering team, we’ve worked with the Palantir Privacy and Civil Liberties Engineering team to give our humanitarian partners the resources they need to safeguard the data of already vulnerable populations. The following case studies describe how we work with our partners to navigate questions about how the use of data affects their missions and the populations they serve.

Polaris

Polaris uses Palantir to aggregate and analyze data from calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline so they can improve victim protection services and surface trafficking trends and networks. Since the inception of our partnership, Polaris has used Palantir to ensure data is being used effectively to have a positive impact, while protecting the privacy of individuals who call the hotline.

  • We helped Polaris configure Palantir’s access control framework to restrict access to sensitive information at a granular level, ensuring that analysts see only the specific data points that are necessary to complete their work.
  • We collaborated with Polaris to develop a detailed Privacy Impact Assessment to codify the risks of the data Polaris uses and develop mitigation plans.
  • We facilitated collaboration between the Palantir Council of Advisors on Privacy and Civil Liberties, Polaris’s executive team, and data analysts to identify, track, and mitigate the risks inherent in using this data.
Team Rubicon

In the chaos after a disaster, data privacy is rarely top of mind. Yet the information volunteers collect during a response is necessarily sensitive: victims’ insurance statuses, their contact information, descriptions of damage to their homes. Our long-running partnership with Team Rubicon has afforded us many opportunities to jointly develop novel technical solutions to protect the privacy of victims of natural disasters without limiting the extent of the relief they can receive.

For example:

  • We’re helping Team Rubicon better understand the appropriate oversight responsibilities and privacy implications for using overhead imagery to inform resource allocation in disaster zones. This includes exploring methods for minimizing privacy risks, such as blurring of sensitive features.
  • As Team Rubicon expands internationally, our Privacy and Civil Liberties team has been helping them figure out how to define data access controls that make sense in new geographic contexts, share information responsibly with partners in the EU, and allow multi-national teams of volunteers to interact in the same system while respecting data protection laws and the rights of data subjects.