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Definition: Passive confidentiality

Statistical methodologies

For foreign trade statistics, EU countries generally apply the principle of "passive confidentiality", that is they take appropriate measures only at the request of importers or exporters who feel that their interests would be harmed by the dissemination of data.
ESSNet SDC (Network of Excellence in the European Statistical System in the field of Statistical Disclosure Control), under the coordination of Anco HUNDEPOOL, "Handbook on Statistical Disclosure Control", version 1.2 (2010 Edition)