UW Privacy Office

November 14, 2019

Inherently identifiable: Is it possible to anonymize health and genetic data?

Source: International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), November 13, 2019

Inherently identifiable: Is it possible to anonymize health and genetic data?

Biometric data, namely genetic information and health records, is innately identifiable. This article looks at whether biometric data can ever truly be anonymized, the methods of deidentification and best practices, and the current state of biometric data under the EU General Data Protection Regulation.