[Okfn-ca] [Open Knowledge Forums] [Open Data Index/Global Open Data Index 2015] Election data criteria

antonioacuna no-reply at discuss.okfn.org
Tue Dec 29 10:46:14 UTC 2015

The legislation is there to protect individuals identity and voting choice if a small number of people vote at a given polling station.  We have some polling stations in rural areas where only 9 or 10 people vote (and that being the total number of people in that community, say in Scotland or Wales) publishing data at that level would in principle reveal the vote of each individual (or make it very easy to ascertain) and given that voting in the UK is cast, by legislation, as a secret ballot, it would be illegal and a breach of the law (and probably some tangential extrapolations of the Data Protection Act) to publish something that by nature can be easily back engineered to the voting choice of individuals.

Posted by antonioacuna on 12/29/2015

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