LERU policy brief is critical of new EU General Data Protection Regulation
LERU, the League of European Research Universities, has published a policy brief on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The regulation as agreed by the Council had been approved by the European Parliament (EP), following a long and controversial legislative procedure.
According to LERU, universities and researchers are concerned that the new EU Regulation will lead to a patchwork of different data protection and privacy rules in the EU Member States, making it difficult for European researchers to comply with a large number of different rules in an otherwise much needed EU level approach to data protection. Even though LERU is pleased to see that damaging effects for research have been avoided in the regulation itself, the association fears that the EU regulation leaves it up to Member States to develop safeguards and limitations that may restrict research, and that the GDPR does not offer an EU-wide level playing field on data protection.
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