Data Products » Restricted Data » Audits

The Health and Retirement Study has adopted an audit procedure for all users of restricted data. The intent of this policy is to:

  • increase security awareness in order to guard against exposure of restricted data to intruders
  • assure holders of administrative records that their contributions will not result in breaches of respondent confidentiality
  • lay the foundation for improvements to the restricted data access process.

The audit process involves an unannounced site inspection of the work site(s) by an independent investigator, who will seek to verify compliance with the restricted user's data security plan. Violations will be the subject of further investigation and may result in withdrawal of data access, among other possible penalties.