Data security

Managing research data requires specific measures to ensure data security and integrity. This is necessary to protect your data from unauthorized access, changes, or loss, but also to protect the privacy of your research participants.

Information security

All information with regard to IT security at Ghent University can be found on the Information security page.


Confidential data

In some specific cases, research data can be considered confidential. To find out if you are working with confidential data, read the following guidelines.


  • Sharing of confidential research data needs restrictions.
  • What is anonymization and what is pseudonymization? Find out in this re(Search)tip.
  • How to encrypt data

Privacy and research

Since May 2018, the new European privacy legislation (General Data Protection Regulation) has been in force.

For more information about what this means for you as a researcher, see Privacy and research