Maintaining privacy and security are of critical importance to the Data Linkage Branch (DLB). The DLB has developed and deployed privacy protocols described in Kelman (2002). These best practice procedures are supported by Data Providers and the Department of Health Human Research Ethics Committee.

An independent security review of these protocols, as well as DLB’s technical infrastructure and data handling protocols, was carried out in January 2017. The review found no high risk threat scenarios and delivered a number of recommendations for further improvement. The DLB is committed to ensuring that its security stance remains optimal, and are implementing the recommendations that were provided.

A full report on Confidentiality and Security Standards at DLB, and the results of the 2017 Security Review are available in the Privacy and Security section of the Resources page.