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A socio-legal analysis of the divergent approaches of the EU Data Protection Directive and individuals’ attitudes towards novel uses of administrative data in social science research

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Governments around the world are encouraging social science research using administrative data to support policy development. These initiatives depend on wide-scale public acceptance to succeed and are often supported by a legal basis. The care.data initiative in the UK, which sought to open up routinely collected health data to researchers, is an example where societal expectations of privacy diverged from legally permissible data processing practices. This discord led to the closing down...

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