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Processing personal data without the consent of the data subject for the development and use of language resources

Aleksei Kelli
University of Tartu, Estonia

Krister Lindén
University of Helsinki, Finland

Kadri Vider
University of Tartu, Estonia

Pawel Kamocki
ELDA, France / IDS Mannheim, Germany

Ramunas Birštonas
Vilnius University, Lithuania

Silvia Calamai
University of Siena, Italy

Penny Labropoulou
ILSP/ARC, Greece

Maria Gavriilidou
ILSP/ARC, Greece

Pavel Stranák
Charles University, Czechia

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Published in: Selected papers from the CLARIN Annual Conference 2018, Pisa, 8-10 October 2018

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 159:8, p. 72-82

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Published: 2019-05-28

ISBN: 978-91-7685-034-3

ISSN: 1650-3686 (print), 1650-3740 (online)


The development and use of language resources often involve the processing of personal data. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) establishes an EU-wide framework for the processing of personal data for research purposes while at the same time allowing for some flexibility on the part of the Member States. The paper discusses the legal framework for language research following the entry into force of the GDPR. In the first section, we present some fundamental concepts of data protection relevant to language research. In the second section, the general framework of processing personal data for research purposes is discussed. In the last section, we focus on the models that certain EU Member States use to regulate data processing for research purposes.


Personal Data, Data Protection Regulation, Language Resources


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