The Statistics Act of Anguilla – Revised Statutes of Anguilla S60 speaks to the maintenance of confidentiality of data. The offence which speaks to this area is as follows:
17. (1) Any person, being a person employed for any of the purposes of this Act or of any regulation, who-
a) by virtue of such employment becomes possessed of any information which might exert an influence upon or affect the market value of any product or article and, before such information is made public in accordance with the provisions of this Act, directly or indirectly uses such information for personal gain;
b) without -lawful authority, publishes or communicates to any person otherwise than in the ordinary course of such employment any information acquired by him in the course of his employment; or
c) knowingly compiles for issue any false statistics or information;
d) is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term of 3 years or to a fine of $20,000 or to both.
2) Any person, being in possession of any information which to his knowledge has been disclosed in contravention of this Act, who publishes or communicates such information to any person is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term of 3 years or to a fine of $20,000 or to both
The sixth United Nations Fundamental Principle of Official Statistics is very clear on statistical confidentiality. Individual data collected by statistical agencies for statistical compilation, whether or not they refer to natural or legal persons, are to be strictly confidential and used exclusively for statistical purposes.
Statistical disclosure control methods may modify the data or the design of the statistic,or a combination of both in order to maintain confidentiality.
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