UK funders get tough on privacy breaches
Ewen Callaway writes:
Leading UK organizations that fund research have threatened to revoke the funding of scientists who determine the identities of participants in medical and genomic studies who had expressed a wish to remain anonymous.
The warning was issued on 24 March by the Medical Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council — both government agencies — and by two charities, the Wellcome Trust and Cancer Research UK. It came as a part of recommendations that are aimed at preventing the identification of study participants whose information has supposedly been made anonymous.
Read more on Nature.