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Does PURR have data restrictions?

Yes. Since all publications are freely available online PURR does not allow government-restricted, export-controlled, proprietary, or sensitive information, which may include:

•    Personal, financial and legal information
•    Information protected by state or federal laws or by university policy
•    Federally-protected restricted data 
•    HIPAA/PHI-protected individually identifiable health information
•    FERPA-protected student records

If you have questions about which restrictions may apply to your data, please contact Purdue’s Office of Research Integrity and Regulatory Affairs. If you have sensitive data and would like help finding an appropriate platform to store or publish it, please contact the Libraries Research Data Unit to request a consultation.

Human Subjects Data

Researchers working with human subjects should consult with Purdue’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) and gain approval if necessary before uploading data to PURR. Researchers must seek IRB approval for data obtained through intervention or interaction with any living individual, and/or data containing identifiable information about a living individual. 

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) Data

Protected Health Information (PHI) covered under HIPAA may not be stored in PURR. PHI may include individually identified health information, and/or identifiable demographic and other information relating to the past, present or future physical or mental health or condition of an individual or the provision or payment of health care. Researchers using health-related data should consult with Purdue’s HIPAA administrator.

FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) Data

Personally identifiable education records may not be stored in PURR. Researchers with projects that may involve FERPA data or student records should consult with the Office of the Registrar.

EAR (Export Administration Regulations) and ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) Data

Data having to do with EAR or ITAR may not be stored in PURR. Researchers working with data that may fall under EAR or ITAR protections must consult with Purdue’s Export Control Office.

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