Editorials

New draft on European directive on confidential data

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6986.1024 (Published 22 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1024
  1. Elsebeth Lynge
  1. Head of department Danish Cancer Society, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark 1

    At last, a step forward for epidemiological research

    The council of the European Union has just agreed and published a new draft of the European directive on “protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data.”1 Earlier drafts (in 1990 and 1992) caused considerable concern for the future of epidemiological research.2 3 4 5 6 Compared with previous versions, the new, third draft allows member states more leeway over decisions on many important issues related to scientific research and government statistics.

    Previous threats to epidemiological research included limits on how long data could …

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