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Sweden’s researchers to be granted data-privacy exemptions

Sweden’s government announced plans on 28 February to overhaul its data privacy laws. It intends to give more freedom to medical research projects and to give all researchers increased access to the wealth of data contained in the country’s bureaucratic records.

The change in the law, expected this spring, will allow Sweden’s LifeGene project—halted in December last year for not complying with data privacy law—to continue. Its aim is to collect data, such as blood samples and information about living standards, from 500,000 volunteers to map the connection between environmental conditions, genetics and common health problems such as diabetes and cancer.

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