European Data Protection Digest

Cabinet Office Releases Anonymisation Whitepaper

PRIVACY LAW—UK

July 5, 2012

According to a whitepaper released by the Cabinet Office, government departments must conduct tests to determine whether data blocks they release can be reidentified by other publically available data sets, Out-Law.com reports. “Open Data White Paper: Unleashing the Potential” says that government departments would have to conduct “disclosure testing” when there are “concerns regarding the potential unintended identification of individuals” prior to releasing data. The “new requirement” would dovetail with existing requirements to conduct privacy impact assessments (PIAs) when making data release determinations. According to the report, “PIAs and effective disclosure testing provide the infrastructure for government to pursue transparency and privacy simultaneously.”
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