What is Confidential or Protected Data?
University data that cannot be released and is protected by either:
- Federal or state law or regulations (e.g., HIPAA).
- Contractual agreements requiring confidentiality (e.g., Non Disclosure Agreements).
See the examples of confidential data for common types of confidential data.
University data that is not otherwise identified as Confidential data or Public data which must be appropriately protected to ensure a lawful or controlled release (e.g. Connecticut Freedom of Information Act requests).
Unless your data is known to be confidential or public, consider it Protected. Please contact the data owner if you have any questions regarding how to secure or release protected data.
Data that is open to all users, with no security measures necessary. Data is public if:
- There is an obligation to make the data public (e.g. Fact Sheets)
- The information is intended to promote or market the University, research or institutional initiatives
Data Owners should restrict access to data that:
- Are not intended for a specific use by a specific person or audience
- Could be used to exploit an individual, system or institution