Anonymising personal data need not guarantee privacy, says ICO while German watchdog raises internet disclosure concerns

Data anonymisation does not have to provide a 100% guarantee to individuals’ privacy in order for it to be lawful for organisations to disclose the information, the UK’s data protection watchdog has said.The view of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), detailed in a new code of practice (108-page / 2.15MB PDF) on anonymisation it has published, is that organisations that anonymise personal data can disclose that information even if there is a “remote” chance that the data can be matched with other information and lead to individuals being identified.

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