posted Apr 20, 2001

Linking Records Raises Risks Privacy from Companies4/20/2001; 7:18:24 PM 'In a report called Record Linkage and Privacy, the General Accounting Office posits that the ability of government research teams to ever more efficiently combine and cross-reference records from different agencies poses considerable privacy risks.'As techniques for mining data grow increasingly sophisticated, GAO officials believe there's an increased likelihood that information that was meant to be anonymous may be matched to particular individuals.'"This is a phenomenon that the increasing power of computers has permitted to begin to occur," said Nancy Kingsbury, GAO managing director of applied research and methods.'


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