1406.0.55.003 - User Manual: Responsible Use of ABS CURFs, Sep 2009  
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ABS CURF microdata must be stored in a manner that ensures unauthorised access does not occur.

The following are guidelines for storing the microdata and results of your analyses:

    • any computer on which ABS microdata is stored must be kept in a locked room and/or have password protection to prevent access by others
    • any information or results stored on a computer network must be kept in a directory with suitably restricted access
    • any printouts or any physical medium containing microdata (such as a CD-ROM provided by the ABS) must be kept in a locked room or secured in a locked cabinet when the researcher is not present, and
    • you must keep track of datasets and printouts that reveal microdata, so that they can be destroyed when they are no longer needed

Your organisation must also provide for a secure way to delete computer files so that they cannot be recovered by an unauthorised person.

Aggregate outputs of your research may be shared.

Examples of data that do not reveal microdata are:
    • tabulations containing cells with 3 or more contributing sample units, and
    • details of fitted models, such as regression parameters

Examples of data that must be kept secure:
    • prints of unit records
    • tabulations containing less than 3 contributing sample unit records, and
    • details of unusual unit records that require special treatment in modelling
For more information on tabulations or 'keep secure' please refer to User Restrictions chapter of the User Manual: ABS Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL) (cat. no. 1406.0.55.002).