Anonymization


#1

This is a proposed new standard glossary term. See this post for background on this review track. To comment on the term below either click the blue “Reply” button at the bottom or select a passage of text in the term and click the “Quote” pop-up to create a comment about that section only.

Short Definition: The process of removing personally identifiable information from a dataset.

Extended Definition: The process of removing personally identifiable information from a datasets, to such an extent that the data can not be traced back to individuals, indirectly or directly. It relates to pseudonymization, where personally identifiable information is replaced with a meaningless number or other identifier with which information on anonymous individuals from different sources can still be linked.

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Related Terms: http://dictionary.casrai.org/Anonymity, Pseudonymization, De-identify

Sources:

Term Lead: Tessa Pronk


#2

“from a dataset,”

De-identification is not defined elsewhere in the glossary.


#3

On behalf of Natalie Banner (Wellcome/Understanding Patient Data):

Removing identifiers is often not sufficient to ensure that the data being processed would not be considered ‘personal data’ under data protection law. If the term anonymisation is used, it should be clear that it only applies to a rigorous process in accordance with a standard, e.g. in the UK, the Information Commissioner’s Office Code of Practice on Anonymisation https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-data-protection/anonymisation/ .


#4

Thank you for your comment, Aki. Yes, I agree.


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