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    the ability to identify someone by using two or more different pieces of information from two or more sources, especially when the person's identity is meant to be secret for legal reasons

    Care may also need to be taken to scrutinise other media as well asour own, to minimise the “jigsaw effect” – where the BBC publishescertain facts, and another media organisation releases others, and thereports, taken together, reveal identity.

    Submitted by Harris Park from United Kingdom on 18/07/2011
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