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Parliamentary questions
17 July 2013
E-008773-13
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Mitro Repo (S&D)

 Subject:  Genealogical research and the General Data Protection Regulation
 Answer(s) 

In its answer to Written Question E-005400/2013, the Commission indicated that it considers genealogical research to fall within the scope of the General Data Protection Regulation. The Commission also suggested that genealogical research falls under historical research, as provided for in Article 83.

The requirement to obtain consent from the subject for the use of personal data would make genealogical research more difficult. Genealogical researchers fear that the new requirement will put an end to the publication of genealogies.

1. If the Commission considers genealogical research to fall within the scope of the General Data Protection Regulation, why has it not examined the impact that the proposal for a regulation would have on genealogical research as part of the impact assessment?

2. Will the Commission consider proposing (in the so-called trialogue negotiations between the Council and Parliament) the addition of genealogical research to the text of the regulation, either in the form of a data processing condition deviating from the general principle or by defining historical research so that it also covers genealogical research?

In the latter case, Article 6(2) of the regulation could be reformulated to make it clear that historical, statistical and scientific research constitute an exception to the data processing conditions mentioned in paragraph 1 of the article; for example, the explicit consent of the data subject.

3. Alternatively, will the Commission consider a proposal for disproportionate efforts to remain a legitimate exception to the obligation to notify, at least in the case of historical research?

4. Alternatively, will the Commission consider removing Article 83(2) of the proposal for a regulation in its entirety?

Original language of question: FIOJ C 87 E, 26/03/2014
Last updated: 5 August 2013Legal notice