I ran into a researcher the other day who said her 'boss does not want
me to put our data on galaxy'.
What can I tell her to reassure them of privacy and safety?
Computational Genetics Lab
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
The answer to your question depends upon 2 things: the type of data
that is being discussed, and the Galaxy instance that will be used to
Although Galaxy provides for data security, it has not been audited
for security and almost certainly contains some security holes. This
is why we never encourage anyone to place protected data on our main
public Galaxy instance that we host here at Penn State (
http://main.g2.bx.psu.edu/ ) or any other public Galaxy instance.
However, this is also why we've worked so hard to make it trivially
easy to run your own Galaxy instance behind your firewall, keeping all
of your private data "safe".
If you could provide a few more details about the type of data you
would like to upload to Galaxy, and what Galaxy instance you're
thinking about, it may help us better answer your question.
Greg Von Kuster
Galaxy Development Team