European Data Protection Digest

Roundtable Discusses Public-Sector Data Use

INFORMATION ACCESS—UK

December 9, 2011

Government agencies process extensive data on citizens, and a recent roundtable was held to discuss the commonly held belief that this data represents an underused resource. The Guardian reports that participants agreed that better data analytics could benefit both citizens and government by reducing costs and improving the delivery of services. One recommendation from the group was to make nonpersonal data available to all, driving innovation; however, it was noted the reliability of the data is questionable. One participant pointed out, "You can put a number of connections together, and it (the result) isn't always anonymous--I think those risks are very apparent."
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