[R] Question about R software and output

Ebert,Timothy Aaron tebert @end|ng |rom u||@edu
Tue Oct 3 17:01:04 CEST 2023

I would answer "local files only," but with sufficient motive it is possible for some people to abuse a system. Base R does not download any of your data. The packages that I know about do not download data. You can add a layer of protection by only downloading directly from the source rather than through some third party. If you are skilled, you should be able to read through the source code to check for statements that would write your data to an external source.

Another viewpoint: R is an approved software for the University of Florida. The University is very aware of regulations and risks associated with personally identifiable information. Downloading to an external location would be a security risk that the University would not allow. That said, the university provides students and employees  an approved link for downloading the software. It is designed to help people avoid third party sites and associated risks.

If this is an issue with personally identifiable information, then you should check with your employer if R is an approved software.

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To whom it may concern,

My understanding is that the R software is downloaded from a CRAN network and data is imported into it using Microsoft Excel for example. Could I please just double check whether any data or results from the output is held on external servers or is it just held on local files on the computer?

Many thanks,



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