Reuse of personal data for research purposes
The reuse of special categories of personal data for new purposes is allowed by the same provisions as further storage, e.g. if:
· the data subject has given his or her consent
· the data has already been made public by the data subject
· these following cumulative conditions are met:
o it must be necessary for the purposes of scientific research, whereas
o the public interest in carrying out the research project significantly outweighs the data subject’s interest in ruling out the possibility of collection, and
o the research purpose cannot be achieved in any other way or would require disproportionate effort (cf. Section 14.5)
In weighing the public interest, special attention shall be paid to the scientific interest of the research project.
Personal data which is blocked may be used without consent if this is indispensable for scientific purposes (Section 20.7 no. 1).
The Federal Personal Data Protection Act, 2009 [online]. Available at: <http://www.bfdi.bund.de/EN/DataProtectionActs/Artikel/BDSG_idFv01092009..... [Accessed 18. June 2014].