Guidance and Research on De-identification
PRIVACY RESOURCESSeptember 26, 2013
In the fall of 2012, both the U.S. HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) published guidance on data de-identification. The OCR guidelines intend to clarify how to interpret the U.S. HIPAA Privacy Rule's de-identification standards and provide certainty on some of the issues creating confusion among covered entities. The ICO code of practice provides a set of general principles and specific techniques that can be applied. This Close-Up provides insight on this guidance and research to help you get a better understanding of the challenges and benefits of de-identification in all its forms.