European data protection laws apply to human subjects research

News for Researchers

May 31, 2018

University of Nebraska-Lincoln research projects with a human subjects component that involves the European Economic Area, or includes people living in, traveling to or with citizenship in the EEA, are now subject to the European Union General Data Protection Regulation.

The EEA comprises the 28 European Union states as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

The EU GDPR, designed to give EEA citizens more access to and control over their personal data, became effective May 25 and supersedes the 1995 E.U. Data Protection Directive. The regulations will impact several other areas of campus, and apply directly to data controllers and processors in and outside of the EEA.

UNL researchers should visit the IRB website for help in navigating these new requirements.

For more information, contact IRB, 402-472-6965.


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