Five Safes Framework

The Five Safes is a framework for helping make decisions about making effective use of data which is confidential or sensitive. – The Five Safes proposes that data management decisions be considered as solving problems in five ‘dimensions’:

  • projects (Is this use of the data appropriate?),
  • people (Can the users be trusted to use it in an appropriate manner?),
  • settings (Does the access facility limit unauthorised use?),
  • data (Is there a disclosure risk in the data itself?) and
  • outputs (Are the statistical results non-disclosive?).

The combination of the controls leads to ‘safe use’.

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