Journal of Official Statistics, Vol.9, No.2, 1993. pp. 537589

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Procedures for Restricted Data Access

Statistical agencies have two main options for protecting the confidentiality of the data they release. One is to restrict the data through the use of statistical disclosure limitation procedures. The other is to impose conditions on who may have access, for what purposes, at what locations, and so forth. For the second option, the term restricted access will be used. To assist the Panel on Confidentiality and Data Acess in its deliberations, early in 1991 the author prepared this summary of restricted access procedures that U.S. statistical agencies use to make data available to other statistical agencies and to other organizations and individuals. Different types of procedures are illustrated by several examples. To the extent possible, the information about specific practices has been updated for this paper.

Statistical uses of data; data release; data access; microdata; record linkage.

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