The protection of research data is a fundamental responsibility, rooted in regulatory and ethical principles and should be upheld by all data stewards. Researchers should be aware that the processing of any information relating to an identifiable living individual constitutes ‘personal data processing’ and is subject to the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998. Research data containing ‘personal data’ will be subject to UK data protection law, which is regulated by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) . Data protection and Freedom of Information legislation. Further information. Helpful guidance can be found at the ICO guide to data protection… The law places obligations on you as a researcher. The Research Data Security Guidelines pertain to researchers and research team members who obtain, access or generate research data, regardless of whether the data … Addressing key issues for researchers when collecting, storing, sharing, archiving or deleting personal data. Data protection and research data.