When working with personal data, various considerations with regard to data protection, privacy regulations and ethical and scientifically responsible behaviour should play a role in the data management phase. This page provides an overview of the conditions researchers should be aware of for various tasks, like levels of sensitivity and general regulations for gathering, processing and storing data.
Personal Identifiable data
Personal identifiable data is any information that can be used to directly or indirectly identify the person, such as name, photo, email address, social security number, bank details, posts on social networking websites, date and place of birth, mother's maiden name, or biometric records; and any other information that is linked or linkable to an individual, such as a computer IP address, medical, educational, financial, and employment information.
Sensitive personal identifiable data
Sensitive personal identifiable data are racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership, and the processing of genetic data, biometric data for the purpose of uniquely identifying a natural person, data concerning health or data concerning a natural person’s sex life or sexual orientation. A lot of data can be viewed as personal information, depending on the context. Researchers must handle such personal data appropriately, in compliance with EU legislation.
Check the UT website on Personal Data for relevant Codes of Conduct, such as the 'use of personal data in research' or the 'GDPR'.
Personal Data in research Poster
Scientific research often uses personal data of participants in their research. All processing of personal data is subjected to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This poster is designed to help you address the different steps before, during, and after your research to comply with the GDPR. Make sure you read the explanation with the poster.