Tuesday, December 11, 2012

UK Data Anonymization code of practice released

The United Kingdom Information Commissioner has released a guidance document on data anonymisation, Anonymisation: Managing data risk [PDF], which is intended to be a code of practice on that subject. The code is, in part, a response to open government and open data initiatives, which are placing large data sets in the public domain. The code sets standards on how to protect the privacy rights of individuals while providing rich sources of data.

While this is obviously only controlling in the UK, it should be helpful for those elsewhere who have to turn their minds to anonymisation of data sets.

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