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Metadata and the General Data Protection Regulation

Heidi VANPARYS
By Heidi VANPARYS

I was wondering if anyone has any experience with how to indicate whether or not a dataset contains personal data (as defined in the General Data Protection Regulation that takes effect in May 2018)?

I tried to find existing classifications but without success.

So far, we came up with the following suggestion at my agency:

  • treat the information as a security constraint
  • create a classification with two values:
    • personal data
    • non-personal data

Any comments, other suggestions, knowledge of already existing code lists are very welcome.

Example metadata indicating personal data

Code list with values personal data and non-personal data