Researchers have a responsibility to maintain the confidentiality of data collected during a study. Confidentiality refers to the researcher's management of private information shared by a subject that must not be shared with others without the authorization of the subject. Confidentiality is a separate consideration from anonymity which exists if the subject's identity cannot be linked, even by the researcher, with his or her individual responses. In most studies, researchers know the identity of their subjects and promise that their identity will not be disclosed to others. The researcher should describe the level of confidentiality of the research data and the measures that will be taken to ensure that confidentiality is maintained. These measures include how records or information will be handled, stored, and accessed.
Data Security: What do you do with the data (not with the HSRB application materials) you have collected during your research?