Theme 6.11 - Data security and statistical confidentiality
Fields of activities covered by the theme
• Revise Regulation (EC) No 831/2002;
• Develop confidential data release infrastructures;
• Ensure support on SDC in specific domains.
This is a very sensitive and especially complex dimension of Eurostat - and ESS, at large - work programme. It involves different dimensions such as physical and logical protection of confidential data (statistical disclosure control - SDC), harmonisation of principles and guidelines and design of efficient infrastructure (IT and procedure) for releasing confidential data (tabular or micro data) to ESS partners and Research community.
The related work aims at critically improving the production methods of EU statistics and places on Eurostat the responsibility for the coordination of Sectoral initiatives for the release of confidential data for scientific purposes, especially methodological support and tool development, the promotion of correct and coherent application of rules and the design of generic infrastructures for the sharing of confidential data with users and partners while ensuring their adequate protection. This is overarched by adequate governance of statistical confidentiality in the ESS governing the vertical integration of processes by proposing to Member States a framework for the standardisation and harmonisation of SDC related processes.
1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in
1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION
1.2 ONGOING WORK
• Information Security management (LISO): analysis of the security requirements of Eurostat Information system and adaptation of the policy on the security of information systems.
• Draft of a first version of an Information Security Management System (ISMS) to be adopted by IT Steering Committee.
• Detection of intrusion of information systems (LISO): regular monitoring and provision of recommendations for improving security of Information Systems.
• Making confidential data available to scientific purposes (LISO): ensure access to confidential data for researchers either though the Eurostat Safe Centre or through the development of a secured remote access facility.
• Setting up a network of safe centres allowing researchers to access confidential EU microdata sets - feasibility study and pilot implementation.
• Support to Eurostat units for dealing with Statistical Disclosure Control (SDC).
• Revise Regulation 831/2002 on access to confidential data for scientific purposes: coordinate activities related to the release of confidential data for scientific purpose.
• Develop confidential data release infrastructures: Widening and simplification of access to confidential EU microdata sets for scientific purposes. A framework allowing for new modes of access to EU confidential microdata sets, simpler and closer, better fitted to research needs is developed.