Is it safe to use cloud services such as Dropbox to store and share data?

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 7 July 2016

In the Security Knowledge Base, the UCL Information Security team has put together useful advice to help you assess whether using cloud services is safe. The guide enable to consider three important questions:

  1. Is the cloud service secure enough for this type of information?
  2. Is it compliant – and will it remain compliant – with relevant legislation, contractual or regulatory requirements?
  3. Are the other risks that arise from using this service acceptable?

The guide also provides key information on personal data protection, Intellectual Property Right and risk assessment.

If you need an alternative to commercial services you can use the in-house UCL Drop Box.

Personal and sensitive research data & the law

By Nazlin Bhimani, on 22 January 2016

dataMuch research data about people – even sensitive data – can be shared ethically and legally if researchers employ strategies of informed consent, anonymisation and controlling access to data.  However, researchers obtaining data from people are expected to maintain high ethical standards and comply with relevant legislation and duties.

This guidance is generally provided by professional bodies, host institutions and funding organaisations. The laws that govern the use of data, in addition to the duties of confidentiality, include the following Acts:

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Transfer of data overseas – News about the Safe Harbour Agreement

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 12 November 2015

The European Court of Justice has recently ruled that the European Commission (EC) decision on the use of the US Safe Harbour agreement for transferring personal data from the European Economic Area to the USA was invalid.

This decision will have implications for all those that regularly transfer identifiable information to companies or organisations based in the United States.

The immediate implication is that UCL cannot enter into any new agreements which involve the transfer of personal data to the United States that rely on Safe Harbour. Read more about this decision and implications for UCL researchers.

How should I store sensitive & personal data?

By Myriam Fellous-Sigrist, on 22 September 2015

UCL Data Safe Haven should be used to store personal and sensitive data. Information and guidance is available.

Ethical and legal issues should always be considered when storing and preserving your research data.

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