Privacy and research

The new European privacy legislation that has been in force since 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), does not change the principles substantially, even though a number of other emphases are now being made. 

The "Generic Code of Conduct for processing personal data and confidential information" that is in force at Ghent University already reflects the general principles that must also be applied to academic research.

The following guidelines inform Ghent University researchers about the impact of GDPR on their research.

Specific questions about the application of the privacy legislation can be directed to .

General info about GDPR

The questions below outline the general framework and go through a number of basic concepts that are discussed in the GDPR.

The research plan

The questions in this section must be addressed when you, as a researcher or supervisor, are developing out the research plan.
By going through and answering a number of basic questions in this phase, you as a researcher ensure that no unexpected problems arise at the start of the research that could ultimately lead to the research not being able to be carried out due to incorrect processing of personal data as required by the GDPR.

During your research

After your research