Research Bazaar: Introduction to privacy law - How it more often than not has implications for researchers

This workshop is a general researcher’s introduction guide to privacy and data protection law. 

Without knowing it, the majority of researchers process personal data in one way or another. Personal data is more than just a name, contact-info or an ID-number. Personal data is any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person, such as an IP-address, a physical or psychological description, DNA or a photograph of a person’s house. You can never own someone else’s personal data. Research data can therefore potentially never be truly yours, and you cannot use it freely.

All processing of personal data requires a legal basis, such as consent or national law. Without a legal basis, you are required by law to delete the research data, with devastating consequences for your work. Data protection law, amongst other things, also regulates how you store your research data, how you transfer you data, and which rights you must grant your research data subjects. A new strict EU general data protection regulation (GDPR) is on Europe’s doorsteps, and we will also introduce its main points and how it is relevant to researcher’s work.

To sum up - this course will teach you how to legally and securely process personal data.

Learning objectives

Basic understanding of privacy data law and how to process personal data in research.

  • How to plan your research
  • How to collect data for your research
  • What to do after you have concluded your research

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Laptop or other device for internet browsing. 


Target audience

Researchers, PhD-students, students, research advisors and university staff, who are all involved in processing personal data for research purposes. 


Dag-Erling Smørgrav (senior engineer) and Asbjørn Tingulstad Hem (lawyer) - University Center for IT


Published Jan. 18, 2018 4:23 PM - Last modified Feb. 7, 2018 9:36 AM