Journal article

Consent for Data Processing under the General Data Protection Regulation: Could ‘Dynamic Consent’ be a Useful Tool for Researchers?

Megan Prictor, Harriet Teare, Jessica Bell, Mark Taylor, Jane Kaye

Journal of Data Protection & Privacy | Henry Stewart Publishing | Published : 2019


The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) sets the bar high for consent for the processing of personal data. In the UK, researchers have been directed to rely on legal bases other than consent for processing personal data for research purposes. Informed consent, nonetheless, and despite certain shortcomings, holds a central position in ethical research practice, as well as at common law, and in a range of other legislation dealing with research involving humans. This paper evaluates the place of informed consent in research following the GDPR’s implementation, arguing that a fresh approach to consent — specifically the concept known as ‘dynamic consent’ — could provide a way for research..

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