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Positive implications of data protection deal emerge

The data-protection law agreed by institutions gives broad consent to the use of personal data for scientific research, the final text has revealed.

The text of the regulation was published by the European Parliament on 17 December, following a deal struck by negotiators on the evening of 15 December. It shows that researchers will be able to use personal data, such as individual patient records, to carry out large scale meta-analyses without requiring specific consent for each subsequent use.

Previously, medical research groups had expressed concern that proposed amendments to the legislation would seriously hamper medical research, but the final text of the agreement shows that these amendments have been rejected.

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