On May 25th, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) entered into force in Europe. The GDPR sets out the new rules researchers must adhere to when processing personal data (1). Personal data is any data with which a person can be directly or indirectly identified. Researchers should conform to the GDPR principles of data protection to protect the privacy rights of their study participants and avoid legal issues.
Research data often contains personal characteristics, such as a name, location data, or physical, physiological, genetic or cultural features of a person. For these, the GDPR provides the following principles in article 5:
Students, PhD Students, Research subjects, Scientists, Ethics committee members, Researchers, Academic staff, Research institutions, Policy makers, Supervisors, Postdocs, Universities, Funders, Journal publishers, Journal editors, Industry stakeholders, Junior researchers, Senior researchers, Teachers, General public, Research integrity trainers
Researchers that work with personal data can consult the GDPR online. For more information click here.
You should also be able to contact your local Data Protection Officer or study supervisor for more information on handling scientific data.
(1) EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (2018). Available online at: https://gdpr-info.eu/
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