Tough Tradeoffs On Data
Apropos ‘Information Privacy: Masking Data to Protect It’ by Atanu Biswas and Bimal Roy (Aug 12). The Centre, understandably so, is more vocal about enhancing data access while we are more concerned about security and protection of confidentiality. But the lines between the two can never be clearly drawn. Are most agencies accountable for both functions — protecting the interests of data subjects through procedures that ensure appropriate standards of confidentiality? It is impossible to specify a universally applicable optimal tradeoff between data access and data protection. The value of data-intensive research is necessary.