Secure Lab

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"Enabling research through responsible use of detailed and sensitive data"

The UK Data Service is one of the few organisations who have the experience and expertise to build a world-leading secure access system.


What is the Secure Lab?
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Five Safes framework

The UK Data Service uses a security philosophy called the Five Safes framework. This is a set of principles which enable data services to provide safe access to data for research, meeting the needs of data protection, but also fulfilling the demands of open science and transparency. Five Safes has been adopted by a range of secure labs, including the Office for National Statistics. 

The UK Data Service Secure Lab provides Approved Researchers with controlled access to sensitive or confidential data, enabling researchers to access and use datasets in a secure and responsible way. 

The five simple protocols provide complete assurance for data owners and researchers by ensuring the following 'safes':  

  • Safe data: data is treated to protect any confidentiality concerns
  • Safe projects: research projects are approved by data owners for the public good
  • Safe people: researchers are trained and authorised to use data safely
  • Safe settings: a Secure Lab environment prevents unauthorised use
  • Safe outputs: screened and approved outputs that are non-disclosive

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