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Questions Raised About Census Data Use

PERSONAL PRIVACY—UK

March 24, 2011

Concerns are being raised about the potential for access to personal information gathered by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) for the upcoming UK census, InformationAge reports. Data collected in the census "will remain confidential for 100 years," according to information on the ONS Web site, but experts note that census data falls under the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007, which stipulates conditions under which the ONS may disclose data, including for criminal investigations, court orders or "to an approved researcher," the report states. "I'd like to see confidentiality guaranteed in black and white," one expert said.
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