Minimizing Disclosure Risk in HHS Open Data Initiatives. 6. FCSM/CDAC Checklist


In 1999, an FCSM interest group, the predecessor to the current Confidentiality and Data Access Committee (CDAC), prepared a “Checklist on Disclosure Potential of Proposed Data Releases.” The Checklist, a 48-page document, asked a number of questions about the proposed release. For microdata, for example, the Checklist asked about geographic detail reported on the file, top coding of continuous variables, and a number of other factors associated with disclosure risk. The Checklist also provided guidance on many of these topics. One purpose of the checklist was to provide a standardized document that agencies could prepare and submit to their disclosure review boards. Some agencies have updated or developed their own versions of the Checklist to use in much the same way.

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