European Data Protection Digest

ICO Welcomes Open Data Agenda

PRIVACY LAW—EU & UK

June 14, 2012

UK Information Commissioner Christopher Graham says he welcomes the European Commission’s open data agenda and that it would provide “clear, practical advice on how data can be anonymised,” UK AuthorITy reports. Under the plan, public bodies will be permitted to publish anonymised personal data. The plan aims to “resolve the clash between open data and privacy” and is currently open for public consultation. “The risks of anonymisation can sometimes be underestimated and in other cases overstated,” Graham said. “Organisations need to be aware of what those risks are and take a structured approached to assessing them, particularly in light of other personal information in the public domain.”
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