What is anonymisation?
Anonymisation is the process of turning data into a form which does not identify individuals and where identification is not likely to take place. This allows for a much wider use of the information. The Data Protection Act controls how organisations use ‘personal data’ – that is, information which allows individuals to be identified.
Anonymisation: managing data protection risk code of practice
We've also produced a summary of the code (pdf) and a summary of the points raised during the consultation on the draft code (pdf).
And over on our blog the ICO's Head of Policy Steve Wood talks about anonymisation - opportunities and risks.
The ICO is supporting the establishment of a network for practitioners to discuss issues relating to anonymisation, and share best practice. The UK Anonymisation Network (UKAN) is co-ordinated by the University of Manchester, the University of Southampton, the Open Data Institute, and the Office for National Statistics.