Statistical Secrecy Committee

The Statistical Secrecy Committee (CSS) provides council on data related to public statistics. It is recognized for personal data from public or fiscal statistics connected to personal or family information and for economic or financial data. CSS expresses its opinion on data collected by public or private entities tasked with questions of public interest.

The committee namely advises on access requests to data from the following:

For access to sources of data from public statistics, the authorization is issued after favorable opinion of the CSS, Producer Agreement and Archives.

Steps for the procedure to access statistical data are described here below:

 

IDENTIFICATION OF DATA SOURCES AND sending the application file to DATA PRODUCERS

On the access procedure for confidential data (CSS) webpage, you will find the various documents to complete according to the nature of your request (new project, new researcher, new data, new source, or to extend the duration of your access rights).

First send your application file to the data producers to which you wish to be granted access. The list of contacts is here on the page of the procedure for confidential data (CSS).

 

SUBMISSION OF A COMPLETE application FILE TO THE COMMITTEE’S ADMINISTRATION OFFICE (SECRETARIAT)

In your application file please indicate the complete list of researchers on your research team, the complete list of sources, and a description of your project. Once data producers agreed, send the complete application file to secretariat@comite-du-secret.fr.

 

THE COMMITTEE STUDIES YOUR REQUEST

The committee conducts its deliberation via plenary sessions or digital consultations. The administration office then sends the extract of the deliberation to the project leader.

 

YOUR PROJECT IS GREENLIGHTED

After receiving the green light, agreements are delivered to the data producers and the French Archives for signing.

 

SIGNING THE AGREEMENT WITH THE DATA PRODUCERS AND THE ARCHIVES & SIGNING CONFIDENTIALITY PLEDGES BY PROJECT MEMBERS

Each project member must sign a confidentiality agreement and send it back to the committee administration office. The agreement signed by the Archives is addressed to the project leader and to CASD, which brings to a conclusion the legal procedure.

To access tax data, DGFIP issues a communication authorization and will ask you to sign the specific confidentiality agreements. These documents will be sent over directly by DGFIP, after receiving the agreement signed by the Archives.

For the access and processing of personal data, contact your legal correspondent, or your Data Protection Officer if need be, to determine the formalities to be carried out (records of processing activities or CNIL authorization in the case of health data).

 

GETTING A SMARTCARD DURING AN ENROLMENT SESSION & CONTRACTING WITH CASD

Project members wishing to access data using an SD-Box must attend an enrolment session organized at CASD’s offices (registration). It is a 3-hour orientation session on legal, statistical and IT issues, as well as a fingerprint collecting session, at which we will give you your smartcard. This standard session is valid for 4 years, but, during this period, any other project you will participate in will only require that you come for 30 minutes (the time it takes us to create a card).

In the meantime, CASD will contact you to work out the contracts with your institution. This process can also take place simultaneously with the Statistical Secrecy Committee procedure.

 

ACCESSING DATA

You can access data once all these steps have been completed.