Legal Concepts

Under this tab you will find guidance on the legal concepts which provide the foundations for the legal framework governing the use of data.These concepts are of fundamental importance as tools for practical decision making and to aid understanding of the legal framework.

Additional practical guidance on these legal concepts will be provided when relevant in the route-maps which can be found in this toolkit.

Autonomy and consent

Guidance on the meaning of autonomy and consent, and on why these concepts are important in the context of secondary data use.

Route Map

Anonymisation

Guidance on the process of anonymisation and
how this can help you
comply with your
legal obligations.

Anonymisation

Confidentiality

Guidance on why confidentiality is ethically
important, and information on how to
comply with your
legal obligations.

Anonymisation

Public interest

Guidance on how to analyse the public interest in your research project and how to balance this with the public interest in confidentiality.

Route Map

Relationship between the legal concepts

Guidance on how the legal concepts of confidentiality, consent, autonomy and public interest interact with each other.

Route Map