Working with sensitive data requires extra care. Often confidential, it can include identifiable personal and health/medical data, Indigenous data, ecological data, and commercial-in-confidence data.
Sensitive data is commonly subject to legal and ethical obligations that impose restrictions on how it is accessed, used and handled. The data often can’t simply be published and made openly accessible.
But metadata records can help with sharing sensitive information, if the records describe the data without directly reporting any of the confidential information.