The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said that anonymised personal data disclosed by companies does not fall under the Data Protection Act--provided that when combined with other available data it is "reasonably unlikely" that individuals can be identified, reports The ICO has published a draft code of practice on anonymisation and will take comments until 23 August with plans to publish the final code in September. The ICO is also offering a £15,000 contract as initial funding for the creation, development and support of a professional network with the aim of demonstrating to practitioners that effective anonymisation is possible and beneficial.
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