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Working with sensitive data

What are sensitive data?

For the purpose of research data management, we regard the following as 'sensitive data'

  • research data containing personal identifying information, all of which is subject to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR),
  • confidential data, including data for which a commercial funding agreement restricts publication,
  • ecological data, where its release may adversely affect rare or endangered species of plants or animals,
  • data likely to harm an individual or community, or have a significant negative public impact, if released

The following sections describe obligations and data protection and legislation that affects dealing with sensitive data in more detail. Researchers whose research involves working with human subjects or animals, should also familiarise themselves with the University's guidelines on research involving humans and research involving animals as well as the University's guidelines on data protection.

Additional detailed guidance from the data protection officer relating to GDPR and the storage of relevant data is available on the ethical application pages.


Protecting sensitive data

What does it mean to protect sensitive data?

Data legislation

Find out about the legislation that
affects research data management.

Please don't hesitate to contact the RDM team for further information and advice.