The informed consent as legal and ethical basis of research data production
FORS Guide Nº 05
Kruegel, S. (2019). The informed consent as legal and ethical basis of research data production. FORS Guide No. 05, Version 1.0. Lausanne: Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences FORS. doi:10.24449/FG-2019-00005
The trend toward and the obligation for sharing and long-term preservation of research data is in conflict with increasingly restrictive data protection legislation and practices on personal data in Europe, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Quali-tative research data, in particular, often cannot be completely de-identified without compromising the usability of the data. In consequence, the informed consent plays a crucial role in forming the basis of ethical and legal research to allow for the processing (collecting, storing, re-use) of data collected at considerable expense. This guide is con-cerned with the definition of the concept, the legislation governing it, and the best practices for drafting and obtaining informed consent from a social science perspective.
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