European Data Protection Digest

ORG: Consent Should Be Required To Share Anonymous Data


May 16, 2013

The Open Rights Group (ORG) is calling for new EU data protection laws “to require consent to anonymised data-sharing,” reports. “Anonymising datasets rarely prevents re-identification,” said Jim Killock, executive director of the ORG, noting that in order to resolve that issue, there should be legal requirements to "ask for users' permission before offering their anonymised data.” The ORG’s suggestion follows reports about a telecom and a research firm offering to sell consumer personal data to a police department. The firms have stated “their activities are in line with the UK's Data Protection Act,” the report states, and only access to "anonymised and aggregated" data is provided.
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