Sensitive Data services for Research

CSC's Sensitive Data services for Research are designed to support secure sensitive data management through web-user interfaces accessible from the user's own computer.

Do your research securely

Sensitive Data (SD) services allow you to store and share encrypted sensitive data with Sensitive Data Connect and create a private workspace to compute sensitive data with Sensitive Data Desktop. At the end of your research, you can publish sensitive data under controlled access with Sensitive Data Submit or Federated EGA (for biomedical data) and enable their reuse with Sensitive Data Apply.

Sensitive Data  services support national requirements for sensitive data and comply with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Data processor (CSC) and Data Controller responsibilities are defined. You always manage data access during all phases of research. The services are suitable for primary use of research data. Moreover, Sensitive Data Desktop is a certified computing environment for secondary use of health and social data according to the Finnish regulations (Act on secondary use and Findata Permit Authority).

The services are available to researchers and students affiliated with Finnish academic organizations, research institutes, and international collaborators. Using CSC services requires registering a CSC account. In the following pages, you can find a general overview of the Sensitive Data services and their future developments



Video introducing CSC's Sensitive Data services for Research (Finnish version).


Explore the right Sensitive Data services solution for your needs

Sensitive Data services are formed of five interoperable components designed to manage sensitive data from any research field and for diverse purposes. Depending on your needs and the legal bases for data processing, you can combine the service components to create your personalised and collaborative workspace. Below you can find example cases and links to the essential documentation.

Documentation and support

Service descriptions in CSC's service catalog: SD Connect, SD Desktop, Federated EGA and SD Apply.

If you're just getting started with CSC's Sensitive Data services, see also:  FAQs, user guide or video tutorials in Docs. First, create a CSC account and a CSC project. Next, set up SD Connect and SD Desktop. Finally, don't hesitate to contact us at (subject: Sensitive Data).