Data Management and Security

Some research data are highly sensitive, such as Protected Health Information, including names or addresses associated with clinical information, or Personally Identifiable Information such as Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, or personal financial data. The release of such data can lead to harm such as privacy violations or identify theft.  For more information on Data Management and Security, visit the Office of Research Compliance and Training website.  Here is a recent case of  data-related issues:


Data Security Cases

Bonnie C. Yankaskas – In 2011, University of North Carolina professor Bonnie Yankaskas was forced into early retirement following the discovery that computers containing data from a large mammography study on which she was principal investigator had been hacked, resulting in the potential release of the personal information of over 100,000 women, including names, addresses, birthdates, and Social Security numbers.   Read the Chronicle of Higher Education article.