Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Don't Mention the Flaws

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Don't Mention the Flaws

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Thank you, Times Higher Education, for updating readers about European Commission proposals "on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data".

However, David Erdos' article ("Mustn't ask, mustn't tell", Opinion, 14 February) is somewhat obscured by its use of hypothetical examples, so I have reproduced the key sections below. The main changes are within Article 83 (although readers keen on complex lists will find some in Article 86), detailed below.

Processing for historical, statistical and scientific research purposes

1. Within the limits of this Regulation, personal data may be processed for historical, statistical or scientific research purposes only if:

(a) these purposes cannot be otherwise fulfilled by processing data which does not permit or not any longer permit the identification of the data subject;

(b) data enabling the attribution of information to an identified or identifiable data subject is kept separately from the other information as long as these purposes can be fulfilled in this manner. …

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