EDPS: A preliminary opinion on data protection and scientific research

This report from the European Data Protection Supervisor addresses its opinion on data protection as it relates to scientific research. The recommendations include intensifying dialogue between data protection authorities and ethical review boards for a common understanding of which activities qualify as genuine research, EU codes of conduct for scientific research, closer alignment between EU research framework programs and data protection standards, and the beginning of a debate on the circumstances in which access by researchers to data held by private companies can be based on public interest.