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BDE hangout: How does the research community benefit from the new EU General Data Protection Regulation ?

The European Parliament adopted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) at its plenary session on 14 April.

The proposal for an overhaul of EU data protection rules was presented by the European Commission in January 2012, with the European Parliament only confirming its position on 12 March 2014 and three-way-talks between the Commission, Council and European Parliament starting on 24 June 2015. The Regulation will be applicable two years after its formal adoption and the legal texts being published in the Official Journal of the EU. The regulation for processing personal data affect large areas of European research and is of great importance to the scientific communities and research infrastructures of Europe.

The key question now is how the new legislation balances the interest of privacy against the use of personal data for historical, statistical and scientific purposes. Another issue is whether the regulation, in line with the legislators’ intention, ensures greater harmonisation and standardisation in the field of data protection and thus makes it easier to exchange data and stimulate increased research collaboration across national boundaries.

This one-hour hangout is run by the Big Data Europe Project and the presenter, Vigdis Kvalheim (CESSDA, Deputy Director, NSD), will take a closer look at these issues, discussing how the new GDPR will affect data collection, data use, data preservation and data sharing. After the presentation a moderated Q&A Session will take place in which participants will be encouraged to participate.

Registration is free.

Visit the Big Data Europe website to register to this event.

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