Data sharing is becoming more common in biomedical research, and this sharing has both ethical and societal implications.
It can be considered unethical to collect data and not use it to its full potential. There are societal benefits to be gained from the greater dissemination of research findings. Yet, data sharing can present a number of potential issues, especially when it involves moving data between groups, organisations, or countries.
Of specific importance are:
- maintaining data confidentiality;
- maintaining data integrity.