Open Access and Database Anonymization an Open Source Procedure Based on an Italian Case Study

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International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government 2014
Luca Leschiutta, Giuseppe Futia
21-23 May 2014
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The only method, believed to be compliant to privacy laws, to open a database that contains personal data is anonymization. This work is focused on a car accidents database case study and on the Italian DP law. In the first part of the work, database anonymization is described from a procedural point of view and it is explained how it is possible to complete the whole process relying solely on widespread open-source software applications In the second part of the work it is analyzed how to ascertain if a database is anonymous enough for public sharing. The proposed approach is empirical and is founded on the letter of the Italian privacy law.

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