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Census Concerns Persist

PERSONAL PRIVACY—UK

March 29, 2011

While the Office of National Statistics has requested all UK households to file their 2011 census forms under threat of possible fines, questions about the security of census data persist. Infosecurity reports on concerns about the company that will be processing the census data as having "a patchy record for data-handling." The report quotes one security expert who cautions that "it's not just the Office of National Statistics staff we have to be concerned about, with the fact that this data will be shared out with the police, MI5 and other security bodies--all of which will be able to see the information."
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