Some projects may work with sensitive data, particularly those using human research subjects. Therefore, it is important for researchers to consider where their data may raise security or privacy concerns.
Sharing certain types of research data, particularly those which concern human subjects, may be restricted or controlled by law. It is important to understand what legislation may affect your data before you take steps to share it. The guide to Data Laws and Policies can help you start to determine whether or not your data may be restricted or protected, and the guide below offers tips on protecting your research subjects' privacy.
Sensitive data needs to be password protected and/or encrypted. Data security is important for all types of data, particularly protected data (HIPAA, FERPA), in order to prevent corruption, theft, or loss.