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Data Products » Restricted Data » Application Overview » Part VII

Maintaining Respondent Privacy and Anonymity: Guidelines for HRS Restricted Data Users

Introduction

A contractual obligation of researchers who qualify for access to restricted data from the Health and Retirement Study is to maintain respondent anonymity. This document is designed to assist those researchers in meeting this requirement by providing them with guidelines for implementing their own disclosure limitation review process.

Goals of the Disclosure Limitation Review Process

Methods Used to Protect Confidentiality in HRS Data Products

Protecting Confidentiality During Analysis

Merge Rule Cross-Reference Table[8]

 

HRS Public Data

Geographic Information

SSA Administrative Data Sets

Medicare Summary and Claim Records

National Death Index

Other HRS Restricted Data Sets

HRS Public Data

Unrestricted

Class 1

Class 2

Class 2

Class 2

Class 1

Geographic Information

Class 1

n.a.

Class 3

Class 2

Class 2

Class 1

SSA Administrative Data Sets[9]

Class 2

Class 3

n.a.

Class 3

Class 2

Class 2

Medicare Summary & Claim Records

Class 2

Class 2

Class 3

n.a.

Class 2

Class 2

National Death Index

Class 2

Class 2

Class 2

Class 2

n.a.

Class 2

Other HRS Restricted Data Sets

Class 1

Class 1

Class 2

Class 2

Class 2

n.a.

Unrestricted: Public data sets (including Sensitive Health Data products) provided by the Health and Retirement Study that may be merged with any restricted data set. Sensitive Health Data products are provided to researchers under terms of a data use agreement signed by the researcher and HRS.
Class 1: Restricted data sets provided by the Health and Retirement Study for merging with HRS public data sets under terms of HRS Data Confidentiality Rules.
Class 2: Restricted data sets provided to HRS for merging with HRS public data sets under terms of a negotiated MOU or DUA
Class 3: Special case — merging procedures and disclosure review rules are based on negotiations among HRS, restricted data provider(s) and researcher.


Notes

[1] Report on Statistical Disclosure Limitation Methodology (Working Paper 22), Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology, Office of Management and Budget, May 1994, Chapter II.C.1.
[2] ibid., Chapter II.C.2
[3] ibid., Chapter II.E.2.a
[4] ibid., Chapter II.E.1
[5] ibid., Chapter III.B.1, Summary of Agency Practices
[6] ibid., Chapter III.B.1, Summary of Agency Practices
[7] ibid., Chapter II.E.2
[8] See the HRS File Merge Cross-Reference Table for further details.
[9] HRS cohort (respondents): Covered Earnings, RDSI Benefits, SSI Benefits, Summary of Earnings and Projected Benefits file.
AHEAD cohort (respondents and deceased spouses): Covered Earnings, RDSI Benefits, SSI Benefits, and Wage and Self-Employment Income.
CODA/War Baby cohorts (respondents and deceased spouses): Covered Earnings, RDSI Benefits, Payment History, and Wage and Self-Employment Income.
Early Boomers cohort (respondents and deceased spouses): Covered Earnings, RDSI Benefits, Payment History, and Wage and Self-Employment Income.
2006 (and thereafter) Permissions (respondents and deceased spouses): Covered Earnings, RDSI Benefits, Payment History, and Wage and Self-Employment Income.

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