Data Protection - Key Points for DCU Researchers

Purpose & Intended Audience

This guide is intended to provide guidance to the University's Research Community on the key data protection points to consider when conducting research that involves personal data. It should not be construed as legal advice and any queries you may have should be taken up with the University’s Data Protection Unit (DPU).

The term ‘Research Community’ should be read in the broadest sense and it is intended to refer to all researchers engaged in research at DCU, whether as pure research, or in connection with a course of study at either undergraduate or postgraduate level.

It is acknowledged that both pure research and post graduate research are more likely to be of higher risk from a data protection perspective than research conducted as part of an undergraduate programme. Nevertheless, the key points of this guide will still apply.