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The process of de-identification, by which information is stripped of identifiers, mitigates privacy risks to individuals and allows secondary use of the data for studies, analysis and other endeavors.  In 2012, both the U.S. HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) published guidance on it. However, the effectiveness of de-identification is frequently challenged.

This topic page provides insight 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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