UK: House of Commons: Science and Technology Committee: The big data dilemma

"We do not share the Government’s view that current UK data protections can simply be left until the Data Protection Act will have to be revised to take account of the new EU Regulation. Some areas need to be addressed straightaway — introducing the Information Commissioner’s kitemark and introducing criminal penalties. And there remain concerns that big data techniques which ‘re-identify’ individuals from previously anonymised data may be outside the scope of the current UK legislation. The way the new EU Regulation is framed appears to leave it open for data to be potentially de-anonymised if “legitimate interests” or “public interest” considerations are invoked. It is particularly important therefore that the Government set out its anonymisation strategy for big data in its upcoming Digital Strategy, including a clear funding commitment, a plan to engage industry with the work of the UK Anonymisation Network and core anonymisation priorities."

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