CREATE & MANAGE DATA
Under certain circumstances, sensitive and confidential data can be safeguarded by regulating or restricting access to and use of data, while at the same time enabling data sharing for research and educational purposes.
Data held at the UK Data Archive are not in the public domain. Their use is restricted to specific purposes after user registration. Users sign an End User Licence which has contractual force in law, in which they agree to certain conditions, such as not to disseminate any identifying or confidential information on individuals, households or organisations; and not to use the data to attempt to obtain information relating specifically to an identifiable individual.
Thus users can use data for research purposes, but cannot publish or use them in a way that would disclose people's or organisations' identities.
Controlling access to data should never be seen as the only way to protect confidentiality. Obtaining appropriate informed consent and anonymising data enable most data to be shared
For confidential data, the Archive, in discussion with the data owner, may impose additional access controls which can be:
- needing specific authorisation from the data owner to access data
- placing confidential data under embargo for a given period of time until confidentiality is no longer pertinent
- providing access to approved researchers only
- providing secure access to data by enabling remote analysis of confidential data but excluding the ability to download data
Access controls should always be proportionate to the kind of data and level of confidentiality involved. Mixed levels of access control may be put in place for some data, combining controlled access to confidential data with standard access to non-confidential data.
Researchers wishing to deposit confidential research data should contact us if they think additional access restrictions to the data they are depositing are essential. Contact +44 (0)1206 872974 or EMAIL US