Archiving, scientific and historical research under UK’s data protection law

Processing of special categories of data and data relating to criminal offences for research purposes

Schedule 1 (4) allows for the processing of sensitive data for research purposes, if such processing is:

  • necessary for archiving purposes, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes
  • carried out in accordance with Article 89(1) (appropriate safeguards) of the GDPR (as supplemented by section 19)
  • in the public interest