Dealing with sensitive research data

Sensitive research data

The term 'sensitive data' is used to refer to data relating to people, animal or plant species, data generated or used under a restrictive commercial research funding agreement, and any data likely to have significant negative public impact if released.

Most of the standard challenges of research data management are faced when handling sensitive data. However, there are also several added complications. Secure data storage and deciding upon suitability for sharing can be complex issues to resolve.

The resources provided here introduce the main issues surrounding the handling and sharing of sensitive research data in order to meet the expectations of funders and publishers, whilst still adhering to legislative requirements and addressing participant concerns.

The Bristol University data.bris Research Data Repository can be used to share sensitive research data under controlled access arrangements. See Data Access Levels of the data.bris University of Bristol Research Data Repository and FAQs for more information.