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Ethical review in FP7 - Data protection and privacy ethical guidelines

Funded under: FP7


General disclaimer: this document examines the major concepts of data protection and privacy from the point of view of research ethics. It aims at raising awareness about these concepts in the scientific community and at assisting applicants while preparing to submit their project proposals. It does not seek to discuss these concepts in-depth but provides a general overview of their main parameters and some basic suggestions regarding their handling for the purposes of the European Commission's Ethical Review procedure. This document represents an effort to reflect on the experience gained during the operation of the Ethics Review mechanism and to provide some practical guidance, thus it will be regularly updated.
The document contains three sections:
The first section consists of an awareness list which contains the main questions that need to be taken into account by applicants when dealing with the data protection and privacy aspects of their project - All relevant definitions are provided within the glossary below
The second section provides applicants with practical guidance for the identification of the privacy and data protection aspects of their research proposal. It suggests how such issues need to be dealt with in each section of the ¿Ethical Issues Table¿ along with a description of the measures that need to be taken in order to comply with the relevant EU rules.
The third section includes a glossary that defines the major concepts that surround the discussion and application of data protection and privacy rules from an ethical point of view.

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