Research data de-identification

UNSW recommends that researchers use the CSIRO Data61 Framework for data de-identification:

"The De-identification Decision-Making Framework guides custodians through the entire process of de-identifying data including the legal responsibilities, ethical obligations and stakeholder communications - to planning in the event of a crisis."

The CSIRO Data61 De-identification Decision-Making Framework

De-identification Decision-Making Framework

The CSIRO Data61 De-identification Decision-Making Framework guides custodians through the entire process of de-identifying data including the legal responsibilities, ethical obligations and  stakeholder communications - to planning in the event of a crisis.

Specific points under three sub headings include:

Data situation audit

  •     describe your data situation
  •     understand your legal responsibilities
  •     know your data
  •     understand the use case
  •     meet your ethical obligations

Risk analysis and control

  •     identify the processes needed to assess disclosure risk
  •     identify the disclosure control processes relevant to your data situation

Impact management

  •     identify your stakeholders and plan how you will communicate
  •     plan what happens once you have shared or released the data
  •     plan what you will do if things go wrong