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New EU rules open the door to Nordic cooperation

New data protection rules in the EU may lead to a strengthened Nordic cooperation.

A Norwegian initiative, led by NSD - Norwegian Centre for Research Data, aims to improve the coordination of laws and regulations for personal data protection in research in the Nordic region. Norway chairs the Nordic Council in 2017, the official body for formal inter-parliamentary co-operation.

“Nordic coordination should make it easier to share data, including register data, among themselves. At the same time, we can ensure that we avoid a dilution of the conditions under which researchers are placed. All in all, this should stimulate more cross-border research”, says NSD Associate Director Vigdis Kvalheim.

New EU data protection rules will apply from 25 May 2018 and will impact how personal data may and may not be used for research.

Other headlines from NSD's latest NSDnews newsletter include: "OECD: common laws are not sufficient", "New joint Nordic register", "NORDi: new service for depositing data", "See and be seen - share your data".

Read more in the latest edition of NSDnews.

Read the previous two issues of "NSDnews" in English here.