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Protecting Privacy

The nature of administrative data means some data collections may contain sensitive information on for example, the income, health or financial circumstances of individuals or households.

However, as researchers are looking at the bigger picture created by data, this information is removed before access is granted. 

The ADRN has established strict procedures and protocols based on best practice and legislation to protect people’s privacy and de-identify the data before it is used for research.

Access will only be granted to administrative data when information directly identifying an individual, household or business has been removed.

Trusted third party

A trusted third party is an organisation with secure facilities for matching data (such as the Office for National Statistics or the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency).

If an organisation acts as both a trusted third party and a partner to an Administrative Data Research Centre, there is a strict separation of activities. Different parts of the organisation with entirely separate staff carry out the different roles, and there are strict technical and operational controls in place to keep the roles separate and maintain data confidentiality.


Page last updated: 05/05/2017