(GDP)Renewing our mail-list

(May 25, 2018)

A short and simple administrative announcement ...

In common with many other organisations, we are celebrating the arrival of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by renewing our mailing list. We only use our mailing list for relatively infrequent communication about our blogs, research and software. We don't sell or pass on anyone's contact details.

In order to keep things simple, we are going to start from a clean slate. So, even if you had previously joined our mailing list, in this post-GDPR world, we're going to ask for you to reconfirm your desire to hear from us. If you don't do this, you won't receive mailshots from us again (but obviously can still find out what we are up to by visiting us here).

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Tags: GDPR, data protection

What's in a (file)name?

(May 14, 2018)

The upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation places focus on the potential for personal data exposures to create a risk to the rights of natural persons. The best way to reduce such risk is to minimise the ability to identify individuals from the data you use in your analysis. Thankfully, not all data used for modelling runs the risk of identifying individuals. Group data, such as that used by Longevitas group count survival models, or the grouped death and exposure formats used within the Projections Toolkit service, are not personal data under the terms of the GDPR. Such data stands no risk of identifying individuals. However, individual data used within mortalityrating.com, and within Longevitas…

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Tags: GDPR, data protection

Mortalityrating and GDPR

(Apr 18, 2018)

Previously our mortalityrating.com service processed a simple file format that included postcode, gender and date of birth alongside pension amount and commencement date for individuals in an occupational pension scheme. This combination of attributes when taken together is often capable of identifying "natural persons" in the language of the upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Some might choose to mitigate risk by deleting scheme data as soon as ratings complete. However, an alternative approach would be to perform ratings without requiring a combination of attributes that may be personally identifiable. How could such a thing be acheved?

An important observation is that a postcode…

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Tags: mortality, rating, GDPR, data protection

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