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Secure Data Service; an Improved Access to Disclosive Data

Presenter 1
Reza Afkhami
UK Data Archive
Presenter 2
Melanie Wright
UK Data Archive

The UKDA Secure Data Service is a new service to allow controlled restricted access procedures for making more detailed microdata files available to some users (Approved Researchers), subject to conditions of eligibility, purpose of use, security procedures, and other features associated with access to the SDS data. Its operation is legally framed by the 2007 statistics Act. A key problem in Secure Data Service (SDS) data confidentiality is to balance the legitimate requirements of data users and confidentiality protection. Employing security technologies used by the military and banking sectors, the SDS will allow trained researchers to remotely access data which is held securely on central SDS servers at the UK Data Archive. The aim of the service is to provide approved academics unprecedented access to valuable data for research from their home institutions, with all of the necessary safeguards to ensure that data is held, accessed and handled securely. The SDS follows a model which suggests that the safe use of data should cover the elements of safe project, safe people, safe setting and safe output. In order to achieve the above goal, data security depends on a matrix of factors, including technical, legal, contractual, and educational.

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