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Belfast company Sensible Code wins £1.3m Census deal

A Belfast-based company has been awarded a £1.3m contract by the Office for National Statistics to distribute anonymised Census 2021 data (stock photo)
A Belfast-based company has been awarded a £1.3m contract by the Office for National Statistics to distribute anonymised Census 2021 data (stock photo)

By Mark McConville

A Belfast-based company has been awarded a £1.3m contract by the Office for National Statistics to distribute anonymised Census 2021 data.

Sensible Code and its privacy-preserving technology will spread the anonymous data for ONS over three years.

The firm said it specialises in products for modernising statistics.

ONS said it is improving the way it disseminates data in order to "add value to its community of users".

Cantabular applies data anonymisation in real time as a user makes a census query. Sensible Code said this means data can be published sooner, users can self service their queries and researchers can process data more easily.

Aine McGuire, commercial director of Sensible Code, said: "We're delighted to be working with the ONS, given its international reputation as the gold standard in statistical practice.

"Our technology will transform the way Census 2021 data is disseminated and deliver higher value to the economy, through better policy, better business decisions and valuable research.

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"The software applies robust statistical disclosure control techniques in real time. The ONS is able to compute millions of tables of data at high speed whilst protecting anonymity and to ensure data are non-disclosive."

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