Annual Meeting Report

The Ethics of GDPR

Abstract

MODERATORS: Jennifer Cox Editorial Client Manager J&J Editorial, LLC Cary, North Carolina Jennifer Mahar Managing Editor Origin Editorial Pembroke, Massachusetts SPEAKERS: Pamela Miller Special Projects New England Journal of Medicine Waltham, Massachusetts David Riley Editor-in-Chief Integrative Medicine Institute Heather Tierney Manager, Publication Ethics American Chemical Society Washington, DC REPORTER: Liz Haberkorn Managing Editor American Pharmacists Association Washington, DC I was not sure what to expect as I entered the GDPR session. After all, I had to Google just what “GDPR” meant when I agreed to report on this session. Part of my interest in attending the “ethics clinic” was to educate myself on an unfamiliar topic. As it turned out, the session would begin with a short but thorough rundown on just what GDPR stood for, literally and figuratively: General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a regulation in European Union law that pertains to data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union. It also pertains to the export of personal data outside the European Union. But I’m American! What does this possibly have to do with me? As it turns out, GDPR affects anyone who has a publication, works on a publication, or has a publication that has a contractual relationship with a publisher. This became apparent while the presenters led discussions on cases that involved GDPR ethics and compliancy. The ethics clinic was sponsored by the Editorial Policy Committee and the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). The two organizations come together to provide up-to-date information for […]

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