A brief introduction to copyright, ethics and consent

3. Consent

3.2 Access Control

Data centres and archives mean that the data under their care is not generally in the public domain.  Their use is restricted, usually to specific purposes and in many cases, requiring knowledge of the person wishing access to the data to be provided.  Users will, therefore, have signed up to an ‘end user licence’ in which they have agreed to conditions which might include – as an example - limitations on commercial use of the information.