Ethics and Data Protection

The European recently updated their ethics and data protection document.

The document gives guidelines to all projects regarding the ethical considerations and issues related to research data in Horizon 2020 projects.

Data protection is a central issue for research ethics, and there are rules to ensure that the data is properly protected and saved.

There is also an obligation for projects processing personal data to comply with EU and national data protection laws.

The document identifies those data processing areas, which may have a higher ethical risk, and that may require additional considerations to be incorporated into the research protocol.

In addition, it also looks at the use of previously collected data (secondary use), as well as the transfer of personal data collected in the EU to organisations based outside the EU, and from organisations based outside the EU to organisations within the EU.

Data collection scenarios, which may require a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) are also highlighted.

Further information on ethics in Horizon 2020 can be found on the European Commission website and in the Horizon 2020 Online Manual. Information on GDPR can be found on the Information Commissioner's Office website.

 

 

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