Archiving, scientific and historical research under Dutch data protection law

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

Article 24 and 32 UAVG allow for the processing of, respectively, special categories of data and data relating to criminal law matters if it is necessary for scientific or historical research that serve a public interest or for statistical purposes. It is also permitted to process such data, when it is not possible or feasible to request data subject’s express consent, provided that appropriate safeguards ensuring the protection of the data subject’s privacy are in place. In accordance with Article 28 UAVG, the processing of genetic data is permitted under the same conditions.