Confidential Data for Scientific Purposes

The Croatian Bureau of Statistics provides scientists and scientific organisations with access to statistical data for the purpose of conducting scientific research activities. Access to data is regulated in accordance with the provisions of the Ordinance on Conditions and Terms of Using Confidential Statistical Data for Scientific Purposes (NN, No 137/13) and the rules and internal procedures aimed at enabling the application of statistical confidentiality principles.

The Request for the use of confidential data for scientific purposes (hereinafter: the Request) may be submitted by the following:

  • research entities – legal entities entered into the register of scientific organisations kept by the competent registry body in the Republic of Croatia in line with special regulations, or legal entities included in the list of recognised research entities of the European Commission (Eurostat), which carry out statistical analyses for scientific purposes pursuant to specific EU regulations.
  • individual researchers – scientists entered into the register of scientists kept by the competent registry body in the Republic of Croatia pursuant to special regulations, who submit the Request individually.

Requests are examined by the Statistical Confidentiality Committee of the Croatian Bureau of Statistics.


TERMS OF ACCESS TO CONFIDENTIAL DATA FOR SCIENTIFIC PURPOSES

Access to confidential data for scientific purposes may be granted only if the following conditions are fulfilled:

  • the Request has been submitted by a research entity or an individual researcher
  • the Request has been fully completed and signed by the person in charge of the research entity or by the individual researcher submitting the Request
  • the Request has been approved
  • all researchers who will have access to confidential statistical data have signed the Confidentiality Statement
  • the contract between the Croatian Bureau of Statistics and the research entity or the individual researcher has been signed.

 

MANNER OF ACCESS TO CONFIDENTIAL DATA FOR SCIENTIFIC PURPOSES

Access to confidential data for scientific purposes is possible in one of the following manners:

Access to data in the “safe” room

The “safe room“ provides access to confidential data that prevent the direct identification of the statistical unit. It is located at the premises of the Croatian Bureau of Statistics, Branimirova 19 − 21, 10000 Zagreb. Its working hours are Monday to Friday from 8.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.

Remote access to data

Remote access to data enables access to data from which direct identifiers have been removed and which are protected by the statistical disclosure control method (anonymised data).

Access to data on a portable storage medium

Access to data on a portable storage medium enables access to data from which direct identifiers have been removed and which are protected by the statistical disclosure control method (anonymised data).

Access to data on a portable storage medium provides access to standardised databases of the following statistical surveys:

  • Labour Force Survey (LFS)
  • Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC)
  • Household Budget Survey (HBS)
  • Innovation Activities of Enterprises (INOV)
  • Annual Survey on the Usage of Information and Communication Technologies in Households and by Individuals (IKT-DOM).

The Croatian Bureau of Statistics decides on the manner of access to confidential data for scientific purposes with regard to the required data.

 

SUBMITTING AND RESOLVING REQUESTS FOR ACCESS TO CONFIDENTIAL DATA

The Request for the use of confidential data for scientific purposes (hereinafter: the Request) is to be submitted to the Croatian Bureau of Statistics, User Communication Department, on the form available on the website of the Croatian Bureau of Statistics, in writing or by e-mail (scanned).

The Request must be fully completed and signed by the person in charge of the research entity or by the individual researcher. Attachments to the Request must not be older than 90 days after the submission of the Request. The research entity or the individual researcher shall be held financially and criminally liable for the accuracy of data given in the Request.

 

CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT

Researchers who will have access to confidential data for scientific purposes are obliged to sign the Confidentiality Statement, which binds them to the protection and confidentiality of the data they access. It is submitted on the form available on the website of the Croatian Bureau of Statistics.

 

CONTRACT ON THE USE OF CONFIDENTIAL DATA FOR SCIENTIFIC PURPOSES

The contract on the use of confidential data for scientific purposes is concluded between the Croatian Bureau of Statistics and the research entity or the individual researcher within 15 days after the approval of the Request.

 

HANDLING OF CONFIDENTIAL DATA FOR SCIENTIFIC PURPOSES

Access to confidential data for scientific purposes shall be provided to researchers whose names are stated in the contract on the use of confidential data for scientific purposes. The research entity or individual researcher shall be responsible for taking all the necessary legal and administrative measures to protect the confidential data made available to them under the contract on the use of confidential data for scientific purposes.

 

COSTS OF ACCESS, PREPARATION AND PROCESSING OF DATA

The costs of access, preparation and processing according to a specific Request shall be settled by the research entity or individual researcher who requested access to data, according to the price list determined by the Croatian Bureau of Statistics.

 

DELIVERY OF OUTPUT DATA TO THE USER

Before being delivered to the user, the results of the statistical analyses conducted in the “safe” room or remotely are checked to ensure statistical confidentiality. The results that do not allow identification of statistical units shall be delivered to the user by e-mail.

 

DOCUMENTS

Ordinance on Conditions and Terms of Using Confidential Statistical Data for Scientific Purposes

 

FORMS

  • Request for the use of confidential data for scientific purposes − researchers
  • Request for the use of confidential data for scientific purposes − institutions
  • Confidentiality statement of the researcher who has access to confidential data
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