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How can an implementing agency deal with sensitive data?

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In some cases, the ministry is financing activities that deal with sensitive topics or information. In such a case, it may not be wise to publish all details of your activities

In such a case the publishing organization has to take a decision on what can be published and what cannot. Reasons to anonymize data depend on each organization, but can vary from security concerns to the need to protect commercial information.

There are a number of ways in which you can adapt your data to show less detail, thus making the data less sensitive, but still communicate the nature of your activities. Some examples are:

  • Anonymize the implementing (or the funding) organization.
  • Publish a recipient region (i.e. a region consisting of several countries) in cases where showing the recipient country or specific location is too sensitive.
  • Adapt the descriptions of the activity.
  • Don’t publish personal information, such as names of individuals.

Publication of data should not cause risks for the people involved in or responsible for the activity. The ministry therefore requests implementing organizations to review sensitive activities on a case-by-case basis, in order to determine a balanced situation between safety on the one hand and a useful, meaningful IATI publication on the other hand. It is up to the publishing organization to determine what information can be published unaltered and what information must be anonymized.

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