Managing the risk of re-identification: why is it important?
There has been an explosion in the collection, usage and sharing of personal data. Alongside it, we are witnessing an evolution of regulation on managing personal and personally-identifiable data. In this context, companies and governments that wish to share anonymised data to create products and services need to understand and better manage the risk of anonymised data being used to identify people.
This project explored how to help organisations who want to make (potentially re-identifiable) data more accessible – and to do so in a way that mitigates the risks of re-identification, protects citizens’ privacy, and increases the social and economic value created from that data.
We conducted research and development activities to help organisations reduce the risks of re-identification when sharing or opening data, by providing them with practical tools and accessible knowledge to recognise and mitigate those risks.
Introduction and reference
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Background and funding
This work is part of a three-year innovation programme, running to March 2020 with a funding profile of £2m each year from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency.
Through our R&D programme, we aim to shape future services and promote productivity and growth with cutting edge expertise.
Browse our reports and blogs from the research, below.