Data Protection


Research with Children

Key points to consider in relation to research projects involving children.

The guidance paper below provides an overview of the key points to consider from a data protection perspective in relation to research projects involving children, focusing on the following topics: 

  • the ‘legal bases’ under data protection law for processing children’s personal data; 
  • data protection rules in relation to children’s consent; 
  • what information must be provided to children before their data is processed; and 
  • the new principle of ‘accountability’ set out in data protection legislation. 

It has been produced to assist researchers to comply with their obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the new UK Data Protection Act 2018.  

Further reading:

ICO has produced a code of practice for online services involving children.