What types of data are appropriate for my IU Box account?
Indiana University has approved Box at IU:
- For personal files
- For work involving institutional data classified as Public or University-internal; UITS recommends using a non-personal account for any institutional data
- For work involving institutional data classified as Restricted; UITS strongly recommends using Box Entrusted Data Accounts for this purpose
- For work involving some health information, including protected health information (PHI), only when stored in a Box Health Data Account with appropriate safeguards described below and in Protecting sensitive data in Box
- Social Security and driver's license numbers (even if considered PHI)
- Banking and student loan information
- Student academic transcript information
- Passwords and passphrases
- PINs and credit card numbers
- Financial account information
- Information regulated by Export Control Laws, such as certain types of research or information about restricted items, technology, or software; see Office of Research Compliance: Export Control
The IU Committee of Data Stewards and the University Information Policy Office (UIPO) set official classification levels and data management standards for institutional data in accordance with the university's Management of Institutional Data (DM-01) policy. If you have questions about the classifications of institutional data, contact the appropriate Data Steward. If you have a use case for storing institutional data classified at a higher level in Box, email the IU Committee of Data Stewards for consideration.
For information about working with sensitive institutional data at IU, see:
- Protecting red-hot data: A guide to safe handling of critical information
- At IU, which dedicated file storage services and IT services with storage components are appropriate for sensitive institutional data, including research data containing protected health information?
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) established rules protecting the privacy and security of individually identifiable health information. The HIPAA Privacy Rule and Security Rule set national standards requiring organizations and individuals to implement certain administrative, physical, and technical safeguards to maintain the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of protected health information (PHI).
- Which data elements in the classifications of institutional data are considered protected health information (PHI)?
- What are the penalties for violating HIPAA?
Complying with HIPAA's requirements is a shared responsibility. If you store and share data containing PHI in Box at IU, you must meet the following conditions. For detailed guidelines, see Protecting sensitive data in Box.
- Comply with applicable IU, departmental, and/or research policies and procedures
- Apply additional safeguards in accordance with University policy
and the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. These include, but are not
- Only storing health information in designated Box Health Data Accounts
- Using and disclosing only the minimum amount of information necessary for the intended purpose
- Obtaining the appropriate permissions/authorizations for using and
disclosing PHI, such as:
- Allowed use under the Privacy Rule without authorization
- IRB approval
- Waiver of authorization
- Limited Data Set pursuant to Data Use Agreements
- Business Associate Agreements
- Managing access to the information or Box Health Data Account
- Providing access only to those who have a business need and are permitted access under the Rule
- Terminating access when the user no longer needs access, such as when an individual terminates or leaves a project
- Following or complying with:
- IU's process for setting up a Box Health Data Account
- Additional steps required by Indiana University's HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliance Plan
- IU's HIPAA policies and procedures
- School or unit's HIPAA policies and procedures
- IU's Information Technology Policies
- IU's affiliates' HIPAA policies and procedures, as appropriate
- Contractual obligations
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Last modified on 2015-08-25.
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