Access levels and conditions
Each dataset held in the UK Data Service collection has an access level designated by the data provider depending on the detail, confidentiality and sensitivity of the data: open, safeguarded or controlled. Differences in how a specific dataset can be accessed vary according to these levels.
Open data – Researchers can access open datasets without any registration. Some may be subject to an Open Government Licence (OGL) or a Creative Commons Licence (CC).
Safeguarded data – Thousands more safeguarded datasets can be downloaded, ordered or analysed online by registering and accepting our End User Licence (PDF). Some safeguarded data may have additional conditions attached. This includes those data under Special Licence.
Controlled data through SecureLab – Data that are too detailed, sensitive or confidential are accessed through SecureLab. After registering, experienced researchers can apply to access controlled data. To enable quicker access to this service, please check you meet all the application criteria set by data providers before you apply.
Advice for accessing data
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Application advice to access SecureLab
|Access level||Access conditions||Who can access?|
|Open||Open data - open licence||
|Safeguarded||End user licence (EUL)||
Anyone (once registered)
|Controlled||SecureLab access (remote) or safe room access (on site)||
Registered users (must be researchers)
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