When working with data, you are expected to be aware of the ethical and legal issues surrounding your data. The management of sensitive data is a part of good research practice as it ensures you maintain high ethical standards to minimise the risk to participants, researchers and third parties including the University.
There are many reasons data can be sensitive. Examples include:
Any issues should be identified and addressed in your Data Management Plan.
Despite these issues, many data can be shared if you take the steps to address them responsibly and appropriately.
Strategies for handling sensitive data include:
The UK Data Service provides more guidance on managing legal and ethical issues