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Privacy review sounds alarm on open data

UKAuthorITy - The government's open data programme could pose threats to individual privacy unless immediate steps are taken, an independent review for the Cabinet Office warns today.

The review, entitled Transparent Government, Not Transparent Citizens, by Professor Kieron O'Hara of Southampton University, warns that the distinction between private and public data could be threatened by the government's proposed "right to data". It calls for privacy protection to be "embedded in any transparency programme, rather than bolted on as an afterthought".

"Privacy and transparency are compatible, as long as the former is carefully protected and considered at every stage."