Zenodo and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

by Lars Holm Nielsen on May 25, 2018


The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect in Europe on May 25, 2018. The GDPR provides a legal framework for the collection and processing personal information for people in the European Union (EU). The goal is to provide individuals with more control over their personal data.

Zenodo is hosted at CERN, which is an Inter-Governmental Organization (IGO), with its seat in Switzerland. Despite the fact that this means CERN has a special status, we are striving for the same high standards of data protection afforded by GDPR. In fact the GPDR has provisions covering data transfer to/from IGOs and the concept of "adequate protection", i.e. qualified as equivalent. This is what we will offer in Zenodo.

CERN takes seriously the privacy and protection of personal information, and have appointed a Data Protection Officer and, as mentioned above, are working on policies to ensure CERN is compatible with GDPR.

Specifically on Zenodo, we are taking the following actions:

  • Review and update our Privacy Policy to provide specific information about what data we collect, how we use it and when we delete it.
  • Assess our collecting of personal information.
  • Evaluate and ensure that any third-party tools and services are GDPR compatible.

If you wish to review the personally identifiable information about you maintained by Zenodo, or would like your information removed from our records, you may contact us anytime.

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