Why is Scientific Data "confidential"

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    Part of the scientific process is to allow other scientist and the public to review the data of that any scientist discovers yet in some of the emails about climate change says that all data should be "confidential" so that no one can do a peer review. Shouldn't we have been a little suspicious when data that is used is "confidential" or secret from the public?
     
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    Well, we don't "peer-review" emails. We peer review scientific work. Big difference.
    However, there is no need (imho) to keep ANY secrets on this issue.
     
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    Can you show us the email that says that all data should be "confidential" so that no one can do a peer review.

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    Not necessarily. If a scientist is working for a company, some of the research may be deemed confidential for obvious reasons. This is common practice. In academia, the same thing happens except that the competitors are other scientists trying to get a piece of the funding 'pie'. If you publish all your findings, another scientist may take your research, expand on it and get funding that you might have otherwise received.
     
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    What emails?
     
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    Confidential Climate Report
    Eyes Only

    Reduction in the polar bear population has been determined to be an increase in health care funded abortions for polar bears.

    Those sun spot thingys really do effect temperature and radio waves.

    The Air Force needs to stop aiming those missile defense satellites at ice caps.

    We estimate the general population will stop believing in global warming in the next two winters.

    Al Gore is writing checks he can't cash.

    We need more data shredding equipment.

    This message will not self-destruct quickly enough.
     
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    And this is a large part of what is currently wrong with science.
     
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    Were these scientist working for a private company? No so that scenario doesn't apply.

    I can't imagine whey in Academia why anyone would keep data secret especially when you want to prove your hypothesis to other scientist but since they were not in a university trying to get funding then that scenario doesn't apply either.

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    Confidential data should have been a red flag because most scientist are pretty open about their data.
     
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    Yep but it was a damn sight worse under Stalin with Lysenkoism.
     

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