Researching with Data Rights

Keywords: GDPR, transparency, research methods, right of access, data protection


The concentration and privatization of data infrastructures has a deep impact on independent research. This article positions data rights as a useful tool in researchers’ toolbox to obtain access to enclosed datasets. It does so by providing an overview of relevant data rights in the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, and describing different use cases in which they might be particularly valuable. While we believe in their potential, researching with data rights is still very much in its infancy. A number of legal, ethical and methodological issues are identified and explored. Overall, this article aims both to explain the potential utility of data rights to researchers, as well as to provide appropriate initial conceptual scaffolding for important discussions around the approach to occur.

How to Cite
Ausloos, Jef, and Michael Veale. 2021. “Researching With Data Rights”. Technology and Regulation 2020 (January), 136-57.