How should researchers handle and store personal data?

​Researchers are reminded of your duty to protect and maintain the confidentiality of personal data, and to adhere to best practices for the handling and storing of personal data. This includes the below:

  1. Minimise working on data containing identifiers. The master file containing the identifiers and data linkages should be separated from other data files. Coding of individuals should be used on data files undergoing analysis. 

  2. Files and documents containing identifiers needs to be password protected or encrypted. 

  3. Access controls should be set for folders, and access should be limited only to the team members working on the study. 

The above are in line with guidance from PDPC.