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Data protection issue not solved, say advisers

The European Commission must address the different approval processes for use of data in research across Europe as it launches Horizon 2020, a European advisory body has said.

In a letter to Robert-Jan Smits, director-general of research at the Commission, Jacob Kohnstamm, chairman of the working party on data protection, said that the start of the next seven-year framework programme offers an “excellent opportunity” to address data protection issues.

In the 12 November letter, Kohnstamm reiterated the party’s concerns that researchers were required to get different prior approval and prior authorisation from various national data protection authorities when applying for funding.

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