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Use of personal data in student project

If you are processing information about individuals, then your project is likely to be subject notification to the Data Protection Official for Research.

Personal data is data which directly or indirectly can identify a person.  

If you, through interviews, questionnaires, observations or other means, are gathering, registering, processing or storing information about individuals (i.e. personal data), then your project is likely to be subject to notification to the Data Protection Official for Research.

We recommend not to collect such information.

Most survey tools have filters to ensure respondent anonymity. This must of course also be observed when publishing survey results in your thesis. If registered information cannot be used to identify individual persons / respondents, then your project should not be subject to notification.

Students and researchers using personal data in their research (thesis, dissertation, papers etc) are required to notify the Privacy Official for Research in order to be able to use this data.

You must notify the Privacy Official for Research before:

  • processing all types of personal data electronically

  • establishing a manual filing system containing sensitive personal data

The notification form has to be sent as early as possible and at least 30 days prior to the data collection.

If you are in doubt, you should confer with your tutor. Follow links to more information from the Data Protection Official for Research: http://www.nsd.uib.no/nsd/english/pvo.html 

Privacy Protection Official for Research

The role of the Privacy Ombudsman for Research is to secure that any personal data used in research is in accordance with the Personal Data Act.

The Privacy Official for Research gives high priority to direct contact with scientists and students. Staff members offer individual advice to students and scientists who are about to collect their own data, lecture at seminars for scientists and graduate and doctoral students and supply printed material on the privacy issue.

The Privacy Official for Research website has limited information in English but will be updated. 

 

Last Modified: 14/11/2012 13:07