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dc.contributor.authorBoyd, James
dc.contributor.authorRandall, Sean
dc.contributor.authorFerrante, Anna
dc.identifier.citationBoyd, J. and Randall, S. and Ferrante, A. 2015. Application of privacy-preserving techniques in operational record linkage centres, in Gkoulalas-Divanis, A. and Loukides, G. (ed), Medical Data Privacy Handbook, pp. 267-287. Cham: Springer.

Record linkage is the process of bringing together data relating to the same individual within and between different datasets. These integrated datasets provide diverse and rich resources for researchers without the cost associated with additional data collection. By their nature, record linkage systems deal with large volumes of data and require complex organizational and technical infrastructure. Bringing together information from different sources often requires many different organizations to collaborate and share data, which presents challenges around data privacy and confidentiality. Various processes and protocols have been developed to protect the privacy of individuals during the record linkage process. These include data governance procedures covering people, processes and information technology, role separation and restricted data flows. Combinations of these are used to mitigate risks to privacy by limiting access to certain information. In addition, privacypreserving record linkage techniques can be utilized to further reduce the risk to privacy, by removing all personal identifying information from linkage protocols. This chapter reviews current practices, processes and developments for maintaining security and privacy as applied in existing record linkage centres. Models for role separation and data flows are outlined and evaluated, and requirements for an effective privacy-preserving record linkage protocol are described.

dc.titleApplication of privacy-preserving techniques in operational record linkage centres
dc.typeBook Chapter
dcterms.source.titleMedical Data Privacy Handbook
curtin.departmentCentre for Population Health Research
curtin.accessStatusFulltext not available

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