What’s the news: A report by ET says that the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) is seeking fresh inter-ministerial consultations on its data anonymisation guidelines after withdrawing the same on September 6th. These guidelines were first issued on August 30th. A copy of the earlier draft is available here. What is data anonymisation? Data anonymisation is a technique to remove or minimise the identifiability of individuals from a data set, according to the guidelines released earlier. 'Minimising' identifiable traits would mean that some identifiable traits can be present even in an anonymised data sets. However, there is a much stronger definition in ISO standards, which states that data anonymisation is the "process by which personally identifiable information (pii) is irreversibly altered in such a way that a pii principal can no longer be identified directly or indirectly, either…
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