De-identification techniques are often at the forefront of companies’ concerns when it comes to the processing of big data. In addition, anonymization and pseudonymization techniques have been a heavily debated topic in the ongoing reform of EU data protection law. This makes last year’s Article 29 Working Party (WP29) Opinion on Anonymization Techniques1 even more important, as it examines the effectiveness and limits of anonymization techniques and places them in the context of data protection law. This article details the WP29 Opinion on Anonymization Techniques and considers the opinion in relation to the upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation.
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