European Data Protection Digest

ICO: Anonymised Personal Data Falls Outside DPA

DATA PROTECTION—UK

June 1, 2012

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said that anonymised personal data disclosed by companies does not fall under the Data Protection Act--provided that when combined with other available data it is "reasonably unlikely" that individuals can be identified, reports Out-Law.com. The ICO has published a draft code of practice on anonymisation and will take comments until 23 August with plans to publish the final code in September. The ICO is also offering a £15,000 contract as initial funding for the creation, development and support of a professional network with the aim of demonstrating to practitioners that effective anonymisation is possible and beneficial.
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