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Data security is a process pertaining to collecting, analyzing, and storing data safely. As data in communication research often contain personal information, the management of those data often involves ethical and legal issues. Insecure management of data may breach confidentiality, posing a risk to the participants’ financial standing, employability, insurability, and reputation. It is important for researchers to recognize that data security is a procedure essential to respecting the rights of research participants.

Researchers must comply with a number of laws and regulations to keep data secure. As a result of the development of the Internet and associated technology, the processes of collecting, analyzing, and storing research data now often involve a variety of web-based applications and systems, which can expose the research data to ...

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