Privacy and Inclusion

This project focuses on the potential tensions between privacy and inclusion in the workplace. To map the needs of different groups of employees and to prevent potential inequality, businesses need personal information about their employees, such as their sexual orientation or gender identity. However, collecting and processing this data could be in tension with the privacy of employees. How do ideas from psychology, law, and history together contribute to understanding these tensions? The aim of Project PINC is to provide employers and other stakeholders with a practical, evidence-based toolbox to support them in developing effective diversity policies that respect employees’ rights to privacy. 

A practical, evidence-based toolbox supporting employers in developing an effective diversity policy that respects employees' rights to privacy

Project PINC originates from an interdisciplinary brainstorm session of the Utrecht Young Academy. Prof. Dr. Jojanneke van der Toorn, Dr. Martine Veldhuizen, and Dr. Stefan Kulk participated in this brainstorm session. With the help of a Seed Money Grant in 2019, from Utrecht University’s Gender and Diversity Hub (part of the Strategic Theme Institutions for Open Societies), they subsequently set up a transdisciplinary consortium of academic institutes, multinationals, non-profit organisations, and platforms such as the Workplace Pride Foundation

Together with this consortium, they investigate, for example, the ways in which organisations map the needs of employees, what employees think about these initiatives, and how ideas about privacy play a role in this. They also develop practical tools for employers who want to erase the tension between privacy and inclusion. The interdisciplinary project not only brings together psychology, law, and history but also promotes interaction between these disciplines.