Data Management

Data Management

University information is categorized into three distinct categories with escalating security and privacy requirements by the UW Data Classification scheme:

  • UW Confidential

    Information usually subject to state or federal regulations. The loss of this information may seriously and adversely impact the University.

  • Restricted

    Information that's sensitive in nature and should only be released on a need to know basis. The integrity and availability of this information should be protected at all times.

  • Public

    Information publically available or information approved for public release.

A comprehensive set of examples for all data classifications is available on the UW Office of the CISO website:

Learn more about Data Classification

Where each type of information can be stored will vary but the Office of the CISO Data Privacy Guide is a great place to viewed University approved solutions:

Learn more about Data Privacy

Internal and External Data Sharing


  • Memorandum of Understanding

    The University of Washington is a large organization and sometimes formal agreements for internal information sharing can help set expectations and avoid misunderstandings. An MOU is a great way to set expectations and ensure a successful partnership.

    Learn more about MOUs

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