Examples of Restricted Data
|Institutional or Personal Finance Data such as:||Credit card numbers, p-card numbers, accounts receivable transaction records, donor gift history including dates and amounts, institutional checking or investment numbers|
|Employee Data such as:||Benefits information, birth date, banking information, health insurance policy, ID numbers, transcripts, education records, photos (for public distribution)|
|Personally Identifiable Data such as:||Passport and visa numbers, social security numbers|
|State or Federally Protected Data such as:||Law enforcement records, health or medical information, including Protected Health Information (PHI), information exempt in Florida Statue 119, export controlled information under U.S. laws, HIPAA protected data, FERPA protected data, Gramm-Leach-Bliley|
|University Data such as:||Responses to bids/RFPs/ITNs until 30 days after award, privileged attorney-client communications, computer account passwords|
|Student Data such as:||Student banking information, transcripts, student payment history and bills, admission applications, education records, financial aid and scholarship information, registration information, judicial student affairs, grades with UINs and student names|
What Is Restricted Data?
Restricted Data: Restricted data is data in any format: Collected, developed, maintained or managed by or on behalf of the University, or within the scope of the University activities that are subject to specific protections under federal or state law or regulations or under applicable contracts, and whose loss or unauthorized disclosure would impair the functions of the University, cause significant financial or reputational loss, or lead to potential legal liability, such as patrons social security numbers, or credit card numbers.
Please note that this list is not all-inclusive; if you are not sure if data is considered restricted, please contact FGCU Help Desk at 239-590-1188.
How Do I Handle Restricted Data At Work?
It is okay for you to work with this data, but you have to be mindful of where you store it.
- Your own department's file share
- If stored on your local computer or laptop, the data must be encrypted
- Remove it when you no longer need it
- Should be printed locally and retrieved immediately to avoid pickup by someone else
- Must be retrieved immediately from network printer (if no local printer available)
- Do not fax hard copies of restricted data
- Store in a secure location, such as a locked file cabinet
- Dispose via a cross-cut paper shredder
Example 1: Electronic Grade Book:
Tracy Smith downloads a copy of the grade book from Canvas. The grade book in Canvas includes the following columns: UIN, student name, grade. Due to fact that the downloaded file contains all three identifiers about a student, this is restricted information. Ms. Smith should encrypt the file, including the grade information, if she stores it on her computer.
Example 2: Paper Grade Book:
Tracy Smith has a binder in her office that includes the grades of her students from past years. The students are all identified by UIN and name, and beside their names are their grades. Ms. Smith can keep this grade book as long as she stores it in a locked location, such as a locked filing cabinet or locked bin.
How do I Handle Restricted Data at Home?
- Remote access to the data must be via FGCU's VPN services, unless you use systems such as Gulfline or Canvas. These systems use a secured connection (SSL) and require authentication – Click here for more information on connecting remotely
- It is strongly advised not to download restricted data to your remote computing device
- If downloaded, data must be encrypted
- Remove the data when you no longer need it
What is Encryption and Why Use It?
Encryption is the method of using a user supplied key, such as a password, to encode a file into an obfuscated format. This makes the file unusable until it is decrypted back into its original format. To do so, you must use the key and the program that were used to encrypt the file. Since the file will be unusable without the encryption key, it is imperative that you use a key you can remember.
Can I send Restricted Data to Others?
- Must not be sent via regular email
- May be shared with other people at FGCU using your departmental share or the cross department share drive
- If you must send the data to someone outside the university, it must be encrypted and sent via secure method
I’m Using Restricted Data on my home PC, what Should I Do?
- Determine if you MUST save the restricted data.
- If you must store restricted data on your PC, then your PC MUST be encrypted.
How Do I Dispose of Equipment that has stored Restricted Data?
- Devices such as desktop computers, laptops, printers, tablets must be disposed of by ITS to prevent restricted data from leaving the university
- Other storage devices, such as CDs, flash drives, tapes must be disposed of via the office of Records Management
Where Can I Store Restricted Data?
If you need to store restricted data in electronic format, FGCU recommends you do so in your departmental share folder, or cross group folder. If you store the electronic data anywhere else, such as your FGCU computer or home computer (not recommended) you must make sure the data is encrypted.
What about Cloud Storage, or Flash Drives?
Other storage locations, such as cloud storage or removable drives should not be used for restricted data. If this location is the only available location restricted data stored there must be encrypted.
I May Have Lost Some Data. What Do I Do?
In the case of loss of restricted, please contact the University Help Desk immediately at 239-590-1188.
How Long Can I Store Restricted Data?
Remove restricted data from any system that is not the permanent resting place of the data as soon as possible. Please consult the office of Records Management with any questions you may have regarding storage, document management, security, retention and destruction.