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Sensitive Data

What is sensitive data?

Sensitive data refers to any data that, if released to the public, would have an adverse effect or cause potential harm (for example, an individual's racial or ethnic origin or political opinions, geospatial data related endangered species nesting sites, etc.). Sensitive data would also include confidential material such as data gathered about human subjects. Any research conducted involving human subjects must go through the University of Toronto Research Ethics Board.  

Sharing sensitive data

If you have sensitive data, you will face unique data management and dissemination requirements. Sensitive data should be password protected and stored with encryption on a secure server with role-based rights.

The Office of Research and Innovation (University of Toronto) offers the following guidance:

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