Privacy and Ethics

Maintaining privacy and security are of critical importance to the Data Linkage Services team. We have 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 Data Linkage Services’ 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. We are committed to ensuring that its security stance remains optimal, and implementing recommendations which are provided.

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

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