[Corpora-List] anonymity in BNC

Martin Wynne martin.wynne at it.ox.ac.uk
Wed Oct 1 16:08:07 CEST 2014

While Geoff Sampson is correct that anonymity for persons mentioned in the spoken BNC is imperfect, and his document (section 4.1 of www.grsampson.net/ChrisDoc.html) makes a persuasive case for some hypothetical scenarios, the good news is that the anonymization has been entirely successful in at least one respect. As far as I know, there have no problems, legal or otherwise, relating to the identification of individuals in the more than twenty years since the release of the British National Corpus, and presumably the risk of such problems diminishes over time.

-- Martin Wynne IT Services, University of Oxford Oxford e-Research Centre Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics Director of User Involvement, CLARIN ERIC

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