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Secure access

To protect the privacy of data and ensure the utmost security, it is compulsory for researchers using the ADRN to analyse their data sets in a secure environment that adheres to the strictest security standards.

The Network has secure research environments at four centres across the UK. Staff at the centres will perform statistical disclosure control on the results of the analysis before they are released.

Breaches & Penalties

There are laws governing how people use data, and any breach of policy and procedure will be taken very seriously and pursued in accordance with our policies and the law.

The researcher and their institution face serious penalties in the event of any breach. For example:

  • the researcher may face a fine or prison sentence
  • the researcher could incur sanctions from data custodians, Research Councils UK and funders – significantly damaging their future career
  • research funding could be removed from the individual or their entire institution and the institution would also face sanctions from the law, data custodians, Research Councils UK and funders

Read the ADRN breaches policy for more information.


Page last updated: 05/05/2017