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Use of data held by the police for research purposes

According to the Act on the Openness of Government Activities, the authorities can give researchers access to confidential documents for scientific purposes.

This kind of access can be given for a specific period of time and limited to the purposes identified in the request. Any terms and restrictions necessary to protect public and private interests must be recorded in the research permit.


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A research permit

You will need a research permit 

  • to access the police’s personal data files or confidential documents, such as regulations, orders, documents created in the course of police work and other official documents,
  • to collect or process information concerning police work or obtained in the course of police work or information that pertains to the police’s staff or the police organisation otherwise, or 
  • to gain access to the police’s help or resources, such as interviews during office hours or access to the police’s premises or equipment.

A research permit is required regardless of the method of information gathering. Examples of information gathering methods include

  • questionnaires,
  • interviews,
  • database searches,
  • document reviews, and
  • statistical processes (if, for example, data must be pooled and aggregated from several different systems of the police).

Information obtained on the basis of a research permit cannot be processed, used or disclosed for any other research purposes or to other parties without authorisation from the police unit that granted the permit.



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Concepts related to the research permit

Understanding the following concepts can help you to request a research permit and describe the way in which you intend to process personal data in the course of your research project. 

More detailed information about the processing of personal data for research purposes is available on the website of the Office of the Data Protection Ombudsman.

Website of the Office of the Data Protection Ombudsman

Website of the Office of the Data Protection Ombudsman, scientific research and data protection 

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