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R&D: Managing the risk of re-identification

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This research and development project aims to help organisations reduce the risks of re-identification when sharing or opening data, by giving them tools and knowledge to recognise and mitigate those risks

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Managing the risk of re-identification: why is it important?

There has been an explosion in the provision and collection of personal data and alongside it an evolution of regulation on managing personal and personally-identifiable data. In this context, companies and governments who wish to share anonymised data to create products and services are concerned about the risks of re-identifying this seemingly anonymised data.

This project is exploring how to help organisations who want 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.

Our approach

We are conducting research and development activities to help organisations reduce the risks of re-identification when sharing or opening data, by giving them tools and knowledge to recognise and mitigate those risks.

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.