European Data Protection Digest

ICO Issues Code of Practice for Anonymised Data

BIG DATA—UK

November 21, 2012

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued a new code of practice that sets out guidelines for limiting privacy risks when using anonymised data and large databases, The Guardian reports. Information Commissioner Christopher Graham said the ICO’s “code of practice on managing the data protection risks related to anonymisation” will “provide a framework for practitioners to use when considering whether to produce anonymised information,” and added that it “aims to bring a greater consistency of approach and to show what we expect of organisations using this data.” Hunton & Williams’ Bridget Treacy said the code “will not be legally binding,” but “may influence enforcement.”
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