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RESPECT for confidentiality: guidelines


Socio-economic research involves the collection and other further processing of personal data. The processing of personal data is regulated by law, and the researchers have therefore to comply with these legal requirements.

These guidelines have been drafted taking into account Directive 95/46/CE and the national legislation of most of the current Member States of the European Union that implement it. They outline the general principles governing data protection, provide for key concept descriptions, and include a series of recommendations, allowing the researcher to take into consideration the various requirements in the field of data protection.

Socio-economic research with respect to data protection requirements encompasses the following principles:

  • Draft an outline of the processing operations involved in order to assess the legality of the envisaged processing prior to starting the processing.

  • Respect the conditions regarding the selection and use of the data.

  • Respect the conditions regarding the legitimacy of the processing.

  • Comply with the information duty towards data subjects.

  • Comply with duties towards National Data Protection Authorities.

  • Respect the rights of the data subjects.

  • Take technical and organisational measures to ensure the security and confidentiality of personal data.

  • Comply with requirements regarding the re-use of personal data for purposes other than the initial purposes of collection.

  • Comply with the conditions for communication of personal data to third parties or recipients.

  • Comply with the conditions for the transfer of personal data to countries outside of the European Economic Area.