Protecting Your Data
Ensure your data are protected throughout the research process by storing data securely, backing it up regularly, and sharing data safely.
Find your security classification
The University has created new guidelines for securing and protecting data. Do you know what security classification your data fall into? Use our guides to find out!
What policies and laws affect my data?
Some data are protected under law and are subject to specific security requirements. For example:
- Medical or health care data are protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
- Student records and grades are protected under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
- Information produced under some federal grants requires compliance with the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA).
Even if data are not protected by law, they may still be sensitive, proprietary, or have the potential to identify a participant.