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NCJ Number: 210760 Find in a Library
Title: Caring for Data: Law, Professional Codes and the Negotiation of Confidentiality in Australian Criminological Research: Final Report
Author(s): Robert Chalmers; Mark Israel
Date Published: January 2005
Page Count: 57
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report offers guidance to Australian criminologists in their attempt to navigate and manage the impact of laws that relate to the protection and disclosure of confidential and personal information that they gather in the course of their research.
Abstract: Criminological research typically involves handling information relating to illegal or sensitive activities. Researchers may need to negotiate the way they use the information with a range of parties. They navigate in an uncertain legal environment and with considerable change in statute and common law. This report, offered as an overview and guide, provides Australian criminologists and their institutions the ability to reach better informed decisions about legal risks. The report is presented in four sections. Section 1 reviews the occasions when criminologists and other researchers have faced legal difficulties as they attempted to protect confidentiality, gain access to, or release data. In section 2, a general overview of laws affecting the gathering, storage, use, and dissemination of research material reviewing laws relating to confidentiality, privacy, compelled disclosure, freedom of information, archives, and mandatory notification is provided. Section 3 identifies common issues of concern for researchers and the specific impact of key legal obligations and attendant risks. The final section concludes by considering some of the likely future legal developments. References
Main Term(s): Criminal justice research
Index Term(s): Australia; Confidential records access; Criminology; Information dissemination; Legal liability; Legal privacy protection; Privacy and security; Research methods
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