The document positions biometrics within the broad analysis of the GDPR.Research activities may sometimes involve the processing of biometric data, which requires researchers and research institutions acting as data controllers or processors to address data protection requirements. Since biometric data enjoy a special protection regime under the EU regulatory framework, researchers working with biometric data should comply not only with the general data protection requirements and the specific requirements provided in article 89 of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) related to research activities[1], but they should also implement additional safeguards tailored to the specificities of biometric data and/or biometric processing.

It is divided in two different chapters. The first (Exposition and Step by Step Guidelines) gives some suggestions on how to comply with data protection regulations, following a step-by-step model. The second (Case study) applies this conceptual framework to a concrete case.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPanelfit Consortium
Commissioning bodyEuropean Commission
Number of pages39
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2022


  • data protection
  • gdpr
  • biometrics


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