Tough Trade­offs On Data

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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.

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