Forthcoming Workshop: The ‘5 Safes’ of secure access to confidential data, 17 – 18 September 2015, University of Manchester

Why do we need a safe environment and procedures to access sensitive data for research?  Confidential data, deemed ‘personal’, are generally prevented from release by data collectors (e.g. by way of download), for fear that a data subject could be identified, and confidential information about them exposed. 

The consequences of such an event are easily imagined:  aside from potential legal action and financial compensation, the public will become wary of responding to surveys.  Far worse, the public will no longer trust public services which they interact with, to keep their data safe.  They may stop visiting their doctor, for example, because they fear their medical data will end up in the hands of an unscrupulous insurer or pharmaceutical company.  The consequences of this would be dire. Unless a ‘controlled’ environment can guarantee that the data can be accessed safely, data is generally not made available.

This one and a half day workshop organised by the UK Data Service will introduce what is involved in setting up a secure research facility and the principles to support international best practices for providing safe and secure access to confidential and sensitive microdata via secure remote access, the 5 Safes: Safe People, Safe Projects, Safe Settings, Safe Outputs, Safe Data. Speakers include: Richard Welpton, Nathan Cunningham and James Scott (UK Data Service ); John Sanderson (Administrative Data Service); Dr Felix Ritchie (University of West of England); Dr Mark Elliot (University of Manchester and Administrative Data Service), Arne Wolters (Health Foundation); Tony Chapple, (Office for National Statistics); and Mandeep Khara (HMRC) and Sarah French (Ministry of Justice).

If you have been tasked with setting up a secure research facility, this course is for you!

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