Public Acceptability of Cross-Sectoral Data Linkage: Deliberatative Research Findings

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This report describes the results of a consultation exercise undertaken for the Scottish Government as part of its consultation for a proposed 'Scotland-wide Data Linkage Framework for Statistics and Research' (Scottish Government 2012) and a set of ‘Guiding Principles’ for linkage. They commissioned Ipsos MORI Scotland and social reseachers Dr Claudia Pagliari and Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley from the University of Edinburgh, to undertake a series of public deliberative events. The aim was to explore the views of the public on the acceptability of linking personal data for statistical and research purposes, thereby identifying particular sensitivities and potential barriers to public confidence and exploring mechanisms for overcoming concerns.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherScottish Government
Commissioning bodyScottish Government
ISBN (Electronic)978 1 78256 014 2
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameSocial Research series
ISSN (Print)2045-6964


  • Data sharing
  • public acceptance
  • digital society
  • digital economy
  • ethics
  • Research infrastructure


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