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A quasi-identifier is a set of attributes that, in combination, can be linked with external information to reidentify (or reduce uncertainty about) all or some of the respondents to whom information refers.
Many situations require today the release of the specific data, called microdata, reporting information referred to individuals. While the release of microdata increases the flexibility and availability of information for the users, the anonymity of the entities, called respondents(individuals, organizations, and so on), to whom information refers is put at risk. To protect the anonymity, data holders often remove or encrypt explicit identifiers such as names, addresses, and phone numbers. Although apparently anonymous, the de-identified data may contain other identifying data, such as race, birth date, sex, and ZIP code, that can be linked to publicly available information to...
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