Friday lunchtime lecture: Why anonymity fails

Friday 04 April 2014, 1:00pm - 1:00pm

Thomson Reuters, Mark Square House, 1 Mark Square, London, EC2A 4EG

You bring your lunch, we provide tea & coffee, an interesting talk, and enough time to get back to your desk.

For our 4 April lecture... Why anonymity fails

The extension of the open data programme to personal data such as medical records was based on the hope that personal data could be anonymised. This is turning into a slow-motion political train wreck, with the scandal and the revelation that the hospital episode statistics data sold to numerous companies contained patient postcodes and dates of birth, so the anonymity claims were simply false.

Ross Anderson, Professor of Security Engineering at Cambridge, asked: what's going on?