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Security standards

The Network operates according to the principles of the “5 Safes of Data Sharing”, which are explained by this video created by the UK Data Service.

Safe people

The Network checks researchers’ backgrounds to ensure that they

  • are ‘fit and proper’
  • have the necessary expertise to do the work (or, in the case of PhD students, have expert guidance available)
  • are affiliated with a UK academic institution, government organisation or an independent research organisation eligible for RCUK funding
  • have not previously been banned from using the Network or any affiliated organisations

Researchers also need to take a specialist training course that ensures they know how to handle sensitive data responsibly, ethically, lawfully and securely.


Page last updated: 19/06/2017