‘Informed consent’ not enough for life science research under GDPR

The recently issued European Data Protection Board Opinion 3/2019 stipulates that “informed consent� from clinical trial participants for life science research purposes typically does not satisfy requirements for consent as a legal basis for processing personal data under the EU General Data Protection Regulation. The life sciences community has voiced its disappointment over the opinion, claiming the informed consent needed to satisfy EU member state clinical trial laws and the EU Clinical Trials Regulation should also satisfy the GDPR. In this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor, Gary LaFever and Mike Hintze, CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPP/G, CIPP/US, CIPM, CIPT, FIP, explain why the EDPB’s position should not come as a surprise.
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