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10 misunderstandings related to anonymisation

Anonymous data play an important role in the context of research in the fields of medicine, demographics, marketing, economy, statistics and many others. However, this interest coincided with the spread of related misunderstandings.

The objective of this document is to raise public awareness about some misunderstandings about anonymisation, and to motivate its readers to check assertions about the technology, rather than accepting them without verification.

This document lists ten of these misunderstandings, explains the facts and provides references for further reading.

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