Data privacy, is the relationship between the collection and dissemination of data, technology, the public expectation of privacy, and the legal and political issues surrounding them. Privacy concerns exist wherever personally identifiable information or other sensitive information is collected, stored or used Improper or non-existent disclosure control can be the root cause for a number of privacy issues.

Confidentiality and Privacy Group (CAPRI)

The CAPRI group sits within the Cathie Marsh Institute and comprises of academics working in statistics, social science, social policy, computer science and law. This longstanding research group continues to deliver highly specialised consultancy and research. CAPRI's overarching research goal is to investigate the confidentiality and privacy issues that arise from the collection, dissemination and analysis of data. The research has many facets, ranging from ethics to mathematics, from social to computer science.

Lead Researchers:

Professor Mark Elliot

Mark founded the CAPRI group in 2002, and has run numerous research projects within the CAPRI remit. His research interests include confidentiality, privacy and disclosure, he is one of the key international researchers in the field of Statistical Disclosure and has an extensive portfolio of research grants and publications in the field. Mark collaborates widely with non-academic partners, particularly with national statistical agencies (e.g. Office for National Statistics, US Bureau of the Census, Australian Bureau of Statistics) where he has been a key influence on disclosure control methodology used in censuses and surveys and where the SUDA software, developed in collaboration with colleagues in the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester, is currently employed.

Dr Kingsley Purdam

Kingsley is an expert in public consultation including public policy making and consultation methods. He has successfully completed a range of national research projects across challenging social policy areas working both in the public and private sector. His research was part of two 2014 REF Impact Case Studies and he has received a social responsibility commendation from the University of Manchester.