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General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection Act (2018)

On 25 May 2018 new data protection regulations were introduced in the UK and across the EU.

The General Data Protection Legislation and new Data Protection Act, which come into force in the UK, will enable greater accountability and transparency by those who process personal data. The new legislation, GDPR for short, offers enhanced rights to individuals whose data is being processed. In the context of research, GDPR has the potential to further benefit research and archiving, helping to improve trust and confidence between the public and universities, and between researchers and their participants.

For more information on the requirements of the new data protection legislation, please see the ICO guide and the MRC Regulatory Support Centre.