GDPR & What It Means For Researchers (recorded LIBER webinar, 2018)

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25 May, 2018.

To take your privacy seriously and to protect your personal information, many organisations have updated their privacy policies and procedures (see, e.g., CIFOR/CGIAR Research Center Privacy Policy and Terms of Use) bringing them in line with the GDPR by providing specific details on certain data processing activities (e.g., 'Terms of Use', 'Privacy Policies', 'Cookies Policy', 'Right to Control Your Data', 'Right to Access Your Data', 'Opt-in Consent'). 


What is the GDPR?

The European Parliament adopted the GDPR in April 2016, replacing an outdated data protection directive from 1995. It carries provisions that require businesses to protect the personal data and privacy of EU citizens for transactions that occur within EU member states. The GDPR also regulates the exportation of personal data outside the EU.

GDPR has raised also the standard required of researchers handling personal data. For researchers, it is not only essential to be aware of and to follow the best practices in their field or discipline, but also to identify the appropriate legal basis for data processing.

During the recent LIBER webinar on GDPR and implications for researchers, speakers Maria Rehbinder (Senior Legal Counsel at Aalto University and Certified Information Privacy Professional) and Marlon Domingus (Data Protection Officer at Erasmus University Rotterdam) took a look at how GDPR relates to research data management. The focus is on the lawful bases for processing data (in particular Article 6.1e) and protections for ‘academic expression’ as outlined in Article 85 of the GDPR.

Researchers will need GDPR compliant data management plans and/or arrangements in order to meet the other data processing and security principles. 

Researchers will also need to ensure that they supply all information required by Article 13 and Article 14 to research participants, explaining how participants personal data will be used in the project.


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