In the fall of 2012, both the U.S. HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) published guidance on data de-identification. The OCR guidelines intend to clarify how to interpret the U.S. HIPAA Privacy Rule's de-identification standards and provide certainty on some of the issues creating confusion among covered entities. The ICO code of practice provides a set of general principles and specific techniques that can be applied. This Close-Up provides insight on this guidance and research to help you get a better understanding of the challenges and benefits of de-identification in all its forms.
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