Navigating GDPR and other international data privacy regulations in research

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The landscape of international data privacy regulations has changed markedly in the past decade and is still evolving. The European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), implemented in 2018, ushered in a new era of more robust, restrictive privacy regulations. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development estimates that 71% of countries currently have data privacy laws in effect, while an additional 9% have draft legislation pending.[1] As clinical research becomes increasingly global, resulting in more cross-border transfers of data and biospecimens, organizations engaged in research should understand the risks associated with conducting international research and have policies, procedures, and processes in place to ensure compliance with international data privacy regulations.

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