Under the Research framework in the Digital Economy Act 2017, before data can be shared for research purposes, it must be processed by an accredited processor so that the data is ‘de-identified’.
When the data has been de-identified it can be made available to an accredited researcher in a secure environment, and the processor will ensure that any data (or any analysis based on the data) retained by the researcher, or are published, are ‘disclosure controlled’ to minimise the risk of data subjects being re-identified or other misuses of the data.
Further information and guidance about the accreditation of processors will be published here shortly. Organisations considering making an application for accreditation as a processor can email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Research framework in the Digital Economy Act is underpinned by the Research Code of Practice and accreditation criteria, which was approved by the UK Parliament in July 2018. As the statutory accrediting body, the UK Statistics Authority will establish a Research Accreditation Panel to oversee the independent accreditation of processors, researchers and research projects.