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Research & Science

Research & Science

Data-enabled science, or science based upon the processing of personal data, offers enormous benefits to scientific research. The EU is a key player in this revolution, for instance through the European Open Science Cloud, an infrastructure for the sharing of scientific data. The EDPS is also an enabler in this area, making sure that research, innovation and data protection progress hand in hand.

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18/07/2018
18
Jul
2018

EDPS Comments on Migration and International Protection

Formal comments of the EDPS on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 862/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council on Community statistics on migration and international protection.

12/04/2018
12
Apr
2018

Fifth World Congress for Freedom of Scientific research

Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli at Fifth World Congress for Freedom of Scientific research on GDPR in scientific research.

07/08/2017
7
Aug
2017

Processing of fingerprint data - JRC

EDPS consultation under Article 27(3) of Regulation (EC) 45/2001 regarding the processing of fingerprint data for the purpose of a research study carried out by the Joint Research Centre (JRC).

18/10/2016
18
Oct
2016
02/10/2015
2
Oct
2015

Reception of notifications and exchange of information - Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators

Opinion on a notification for prior checking regarding the exchange of information between the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) and national regulatory authorities relating to potential breaches of Regulation (EU) No 1227/2011 on wholesale energy market integrity and transparency (REMIT) through the Case Management Tool and a notification for prior checking regarding the reception of notifications relating to potential breaches of REMIT through the Notification Platform (Cases 2015-0545 and -0657)

19/06/2015
19
Jun
2015

EU Medicines Agencies Network Strategy to 2020

EDPS Comments on EU Medicines Agencies Network Strategy to 2020 - Working together to improve health

EDPS letter regarding comments on EU Medicines Agencies Network Strategy to 2020PDF icon
10/04/2013
10
Apr
2013

The Digital Agenda for Europe

Opinion on the Communication from the Commission on 'The Digital Agenda for Europe - Driving European growth digitally'

27/03/2013
27
Mar
2013

eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020

Opinion on the Communication from the Commission on 'eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020 - Innovative healthcare for the 21st century'

29/11/2012
29
Nov
2012

Clinical study in the frame of the research project PROTECT WP4 - EMA

Opinion of 29 November 2012 on a notification for prior checking received from the Data Protection Officer of the European Medicines Agency related to the "clinical study in the frame of the research project PROTECT WP4", (Case 2012-0704)

01/02/2011
1
Feb
2011

Turbine (TrUsted Revocable Biometric IdeNtitiEs)

Opinion on a research project funded by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for Research and Technology Development - Turbine (TrUsted Revocable Biometric IdeNtitiEs)

18/05/2009
18
May
2009

New research projects - Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)

Answer to a consultation regarding the launch of new research projects at the European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) (Case 2008-777)

08/04/2009
8
Apr
2009

Collection of statistical information by the ECB

Opinion on the Recommendation for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 2533/98 concerning the collection of statistical information by the European Central Bank, OJ C 192, 15.08.2009, p. 1

On 23 November 1998, the Council of the European Union adopted Regulation (EC) No 2533/98 concerning the collection of statistical information by the European Central Bank (ECB). In order to maintain this Regulation as an effective instrument to carry out the statistical information collection tasks of the European System of Central Banks, the Governing Council of the European Central Bank adopted a Recommendation for a Council Regulation amending Regulation No 2533/98.

The Opinion analyses the Recommendation and gives some further reflexion on the relation between statistical confidentiality and data protection.

More specifically the EDPS:

  • welcomes that the proposed amendments contain a specific reference to the data protection legal framework;
  • underlines the need for further clarification of some concepts common to data protection and statistics;
  • considers that the purpose limitation principle should be ensured in the widening of scope of the Regulation;
  • stresses the need to assess the necessity of processing payment statistics which may contain personal information about natural persons;
  • advocates for further collaboration between the European Statistical System and the ECB in view of ensuring the respect of the data quality principle as well as the data minimization principle;
  • suggests that access to statistical information for research purposes should be provided in such a way that the reporting agent cannot be identified, either directly or indirectly, when account is taken of all relevant means that might reasonably be used by a third party.
20/05/2008
20
May
2008

European Statistics

Opinion on the proposal for a Regulation on European Statistics (COM(2007) 625 final), OJ C 308, 3.12.2008, p. 1

On 20 May, the EDPS adopted an Opinion on a proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on European Statistics.

The proposal aims to revise the existing basic legal framework governing the production of statistics at European level with a view to adapting it to the current reality and also to improving it to meet future developments and challenges.

The EDPS welcomes this Regulation which will give a firm and general legal basis to the development, production and dissemination of statistics at a European level. However, the EDPS makes several recommendations on the proposed text, for instance:

  • He stresses that the concept of anonymity should be clarified in order to avoid any uncertainty regarding the data which may be made available for public use;
  • He recommends that the proposed concept of 'statistical data subject' should be reconsidered in order to avoid confusion with data protection concepts;
  • He underlines that data protection requirements should be taken into consideration in the quality assessment of the Commission;
  • Finally, he expects to be consulted on the sectoral legislation which could be adopted on statistics by the Commission in order to implement this Regulation, once it has been adopted
COM(2007) 625 final of 16.10.2007PDF icon