Protecting Statistical and Research Data from Improper Use

  • UK Data Protection Committee


The Committee on Data Protection, set up to advise the British government on legislation to protect personal data handled in computers, published its report in December 1978. This recommended that the function of a law on data protection should be different from a law on privacy; rather than establishing rights, it should provide a framework for finding a balance between the interests of three different parties — the individual citizen, the user of the data and the community at large. Legislation (the report suggested) should be introduced to cover all automatic handling in the United Kingdom of personal data by any user, including both the public and private sectors.


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Note and References

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    T. Dalenius. Information, Privacy and Statistics. A Topical Bibliography, United States Bureau of the Census, Working Paper No. 41, 1978, Washington DC, US Government Printing Office.Google Scholar
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    T. Dalenius. ‘Privacy transformations for Statistical Information Systems’, Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference, 1, 1977, pp. 73–86.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    D. T. Campbell, R. F. Boruch, R. D. Schwartz and J. Steinberg, ‘Confidentiality-preserving modes of access to files and to interfile exchange for useful statistical analysis’, Evaluation Quarterly, 1, 1977, pp. 269–300.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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