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Who Can Gain Access to Your Data?

in Law in the Laboratory

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780226101644
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226101668 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226101668.003.0006
Who Can Gain Access to Your Data?

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The benefits of the Freedom of Information Act and all open government laws are relative. Those seeking to learn what the government is doing find them beneficial; those seeking to protect information find them intrusive, at best, and embarrassing at worst. Open government is a two-way street: documents that you submit to the government, including grant applications, might be subject to public disclosure. In addition, the move toward more open government has increased pressure on funding agencies to ensure that data, articles, and reagents developed with federal funding are shared with other scientists and with the public. This chapter examines these open-government laws and initiatives and how they might affect the ability to control grant applications, research data, scientific publications, and reagents and specimens. A case study is included at the end of the chapter.

Keywords: open government laws; Freedom of Information; public disclosure; grant applications; scientific research

Chapter.  12959 words. 

Subjects: Environment and Energy Law

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