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King’s College London Statement on Use of Personal Data in Research

 

As a university we use personally-identifiable information to conduct internationally leading research. As a publicly-funded organisation, we have to ensure that it is in the public interest when we use personally-identifiable information from people who have agreed to take part in research.  This means that when you agree to take part in a research study, we will use your data in the ways needed to conduct and analyse the research study.

You have the right to access any personal information we hold about you for research purposes. Your right of access can be exercised in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation. You also have other rights including rights of correction, erasure, objection, and data portability. However, in some cases, your rights to access, change or move your information may be limited, as we need to manage your information in specific ways in order for the research to be reliable and accurate. In such cases, if you withdraw from the study, we may need to keep the information about you that we have already obtained. To safeguard your rights, we will use the minimum personally-identifiable information possible. If we are required to limit your rights to access your data we will inform you of this as part of the informed consent process before we collect any data from you.

If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you can contact our Data Protection Officer, Mr Albert Chan info-compliance@kcl.ac.uk who will investigate the matter. If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are processing your personal data in a way that is not lawful you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) www.ico.org.uk