Community of Users’ Workshop on Research Data in Fighting Crime and Terrorism – Ethical and Legal Clarifications

On June 16th, Monica Florea (SIVECO) and Michael Zammit Maempel (MITLA) attended a 4-hour webinar organised by the European Commission, which grouped together one or two participants from several H2020 project that are currently under way.

The webinar was titled “Community of Users’ Workshop on Research Data in Fighting Crime and Terrorism – Ethical and Legal Clarifications”.

Apart from four presentations given by speakers invited by the Commission, there was also the opportunity for participants to raise questions and participate in the online discussion that followed each presentation.  Both Monica and I intervened and raised points as necessary.

The presentations presented material on the implications of the GDPR, and the importance of adopting security measures such as anonymisation or pseudonymisation of data, which are subjects the RED-Alert project discusses.  MITLA raised the question of whether the Commission or the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) intended to issue a formal document addressing the specific circumstances of research projects such as RED-Alert, where it is necessary to process personal data in ways that are often in conflict with the GDPR in order to reach a workable solution.

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