MyData Global organisation and its international network operate on the basis of trust, which is actively built by weaving the key guiding principles into all of our interactions.
It is of utmost importance that all people feel safe to participate, introduce new ideas, and inspire others in the MyData activities, regardless of their:
The following Code of Conduct aims to clarify the expected behavior in all MyData activities online and offline, by defining the unacceptable behaviours as well as the consequences of misconduct. The scope of the Code of Conduct covers all activity of the Association and the Myand includes, but is not limited to:
Expected behaviour follows the MyData Global Guiding Principles
The following behaviors are considered to be unacceptable under these guidelines.
…is not acceptable. This includes deliberately referring to someone by a gender that they do not identify with, and/or questioning the legitimacy of an individual’s gender identity. This also includes repeated subtle and/or indirect discrimination.
Unacceptable behavior from anybody engaging in the MyData activities, including those with decision-making authority, will not be tolerated. Intentional efforts to exclude people (except as part of a consequence of the guidelines or other official action) from MyData activities are not acceptable and will be dealt with appropriately.
Reports of harassment/discrimination will be promptly and thoroughly investigated by the people responsible for the safety of the space, event, or activity. Appropriate measures will be taken to address the situation.
Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately. Violation of these guidelines can result in you being asked to leave an event or online space, either temporarily or for the duration of the event, or being banned from participation in spaces, or future events and activities in perpetuity. Unacceptable behavior can
MyData Global Staff is held accountable to these guidelines. MyData Global staff in violation of these guidelines may be subject to further consequences, such as disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment. For contractors or vendors, violation of these guidelines may affect the continuation or renewal of the contract.
In addition, any participants who abuse the reporting process will be considered to be in violation of these guidelines and subject to the same consequences. False reporting, especially to retaliate or exclude, will not be accepted or tolerated.
Unacceptable behavior or the failure to correct such behavior upon notice may constitute grounds for denying approval of membership application and for expulsion of existing members, as stated in the Bylaws 3.4:
“The Board may to suspend or expel a member for violation of these bylaws, violation of the Association’s internal regulations, action against the purpose of the Association, behaviour contrary to the purpose or collective interest of the Association, or action that brings the Association into disrepute. Suspension and expulsion from the Association will take immediate effect after the decision to suspend or expel.”
If you believe you’re experiencing unacceptable behavior that will not be tolerated as outlined above, please report to:
After receiving a concise report, the responsible person(s) will review and determine the next steps:
“1st tier” at staff level (together with the responsible person of the TG/hub/channel moderator/event host/etc.).
“2nd tier” Steering Group. They will involve other colleagues (staff/steering group) or outside specialists (such as mediation, legal counsel, etc.) as needed to appropriately address each situation.
“3rd tier” Board: decisions for things like expulsion are board decisions (based on our bylaws)
Once an incident has been investigated and a decision has been communicated to the relevant parties, all have the opportunity to appeal this decision by sending an email to email@example.com.
If you observe a potentially dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of these guidelines, even if the situation is not happening to you, please report about such situations. Let’s take care of each other!
Each physical or virtual MyData space shall have a designated contact:
By default, all violations of Code of Conduct that occurred in virtual spaces like Slack discussions or interactions in Google Docs commentary are handled by a MyData Global staff member via firstname.lastname@example.org
All MyData events will have designated a specific safety guideline with emergency and anti-abuse contacts at the event as well as online, whenever possible. These contacts will be posted prominently throughout the event and in print and online materials. Event leaders are requested to speak at the event about the guidelines and to ask participants to review and agree to them when they sign up for the event.