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Sensitive information is data that must be protected for the privacy or security of an individual, group, or organisation. Some theses contain sensitive information and where this is the case, care must be taken to ensure that the sensitive material is not released to the public. It is the student's responsibility to consider whether their thesis contains sensitive information and to take appropriate action to ensure the material is not released inappropriately. If you are unsure, we advise you to discuss the sensitivity of the information in your thesis with your supervisor. The flowchart below provides guidance on the decision making process for sensitive information:



The Freedom of Information Act 2000 sets out the types of sensitive information to which legally-enforceable restrictions may be applied. The University of Cambridge is bound by this Act. It may decide to apply restrictions to other types of information, including theses deposited in the University Library or Departmental and Faculty libraries, but they are not legally binding if not falling under the Act.

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