Does Research Threaten Privacy or Does Privacy Threaten Research?
The sharp increase in the collection of personal information, combined with the development of advanced computers that can store and process this information in previously unimagined ways, has caused a steadily growing concern. Responding to public and professional concern, the British Association for the Advancement of Science set up a study group on privacy. It became clear that the general problem had been discussed in some detail over the past few years. There are a number of books on the subject and many countries have had one or more government committees. In the United Kingdom, the Rt Hon Kenneth Younger’s Committee on Privacy issued its report (Cmnd 5012) in 1972. But one important component of the data profile has not been given full consideration, data compiled by researchers.
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