- The GDPR is conscious of the paramount relevance that the processing operations with purposes of archiving in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes may imply.
- Therefore, the Regulation envisages a special and favorable regime in an attempt to ensure that the data protection rules do not constitute a major hurdle to the processing operations for the referred purposes.
- In this regard, its necessity for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes is expressly laid down as a condition for the processing of special categories of personal data. .
- The text also establishes a flexible regime for long-term data storage and a presumption of compatibility for secondary or further purposes.
- In addition, limitations, exceptions, or derogations are provided, inter alia, to the rights to information, access, rectification, restriction of processing, object and, concerning the archiving purposes in the public interest, to the right of notification and portability.
- In order to strike the right balance with data subject’s rights and interests, the Regulation requires the adoption of appropriate safeguards in accordance with Article 89 and, in certain situations, also further development by Union or Member State law.