Paper: User-focused threat identification for anonymised microdata

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When producing anonymised microdata for research, national statistics institutes (NSIs) identify a number of ‚risk scenarios‘ of how intruders might seek to attack a confidential dataset. Hans-Peter Hafner, Felix Ritchie and Rainer Lenz argue in their paper „User-focused threat identification for anonymised microdata“ (PDF) that the strategy used to identify confidentiality protection measures can be seriously misguided, mainly since scenarios focus on data protection without sufficient reference to other aspects of data. This paper brings together a number of findings to see how the above problem can be addressed in a practical context. Using as an example the creation of a scientific use file, the paper demonstrates that an alternative perspective can have dramatically different outcomes. (Source: Authors‘ abstract)