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Research Research Data Management Data Protection & GDPR Ethics and internal responsibility


For responsible research, ethics and data protection are intertwined. Based on the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity, the university has a duty of care to facilitate the advice of an ethics board on how to make data openly available. In discipline-specific ethics codes, like the NETHICS code of conduct, also an assessment of compliance with the GDPR is included. RDO supports, together with the ABJZ, ethics boards to align expertise and to clarify dilemmas. For more information, please consult the pages of the ethics board in your faculty.

An example of integrating the ethical and legal considerations into the consent form can be found here.

The document Ethics and data protection has been drafted by a panel of experts at the request of the European Commission (DG Research and Innovation) and aims at raising awareness in the scientific community, and in particular with beneficiaries of EU research and innovation projects.

Please be aware that funders may include questions about data protection in the ethical assessment or the data management plan for the application of projects. Find more information on ERC applications here.  

ABJZ Checklist

The Legal Department (ABJZ) developed a Checklist for researchers in collaboration agreements. You find the Checklist and other relevant documents on the UG page on Academic Integrity

Digital Ethics

There is a growing interest in Digital Ethics. We advise you to take a look at the following resources:

  • Declaration on Ethics and Data Protection in Artificial Intelligence by the EUROPEAN DATA PROTECTION SUPERVISOR (EDPS)
  • Research involving big data requires interdisciplinary teamwork by the KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences)
  • Follow the podcasts on #DebatingEthics realized by the EDPS
  • The Cartoon Introduction to Digital Ethic realized by the EDPS

Last modified:18 July 2022 08.28 a.m.