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.

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