Out-Law.com reports a new anonymization decision framework written by the U.K. Anonymisation Network and approved by the U.K.’s Information Commissioner’s Office will be good news for businesses, according to Pinsent Masons Data Protection Law Specialist Kathryn Wynn. The UKAN said the framework “gives more operational advice than the ICO’s anonymisation code of practice, whilst being less technical and forbidding than the statistics and computer science literature." Wynn said more guidance on anonymizing personal data is good news for businesses, especially in an era dominated by big data. “Many organisations often think they have anonymised data when they haven't really. This is an issue because they might wrongly believe that the Data Protection Act does not apply to the data. With huge fines possible under the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation, true anonymisation will become even more critical in the future," Wynn said.
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