R&D: Broaden access to personal data while protecting privacy and creating a fair market

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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Given the evolution of regulation on managing personal and personally identifiable data, in a context where businesses want to open and share data but technology is making it easier than ever to re-identify seemingly anonymised data, there is a need to help organisations in both the public and private sector make potentially re-identifiable data more accessible in a way that protects citizens’ privacy, and increases the social and economic value created from that data.

We will conduct 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.

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.

The work will enable the UK to build on its established strengths in data and data analytics, break new ground in creating value from data across industry, and ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of data innovation globally.