Making the wrong choices when storing or sharing sensitive data can lead to data losses and leaks, resulting in serious repercussions for you and for Imperial College London.

It is vital that sensitive information is adequately protected.

What is sensitive information?

This kind of data is considered sensitive and should be encrypted:

  • commercially sensitive administrative or planning data;
  • commercially sensitive research data;
  • personal data covered by the Data Protection Act (read Data Protection);
  • personal financial data;
  • Patient Identifiable Data held for research purposes (see below for guidance);
  • data protected by confidentiality agreements with third parties.

Store and share sensitive data

There are many options available to help you store and share sensitive information securely and to encrypt your data.