Data Protection

Whether questions of informed consent or questions of anonymization – data protection regulations play an important role for archiving and sharing qualitative research data.

The work of Qualiservice’s team is supported by advisory council members such as Heidi Schuster, Data Protection Officer of the Max Planck Society.

Template forms

Template: informed consent for primary research (in German)

Template: informed consent for primary research

Template: informed consent for archiving and secondary use (in German)

Template: informed consent for archiving and secondary use

Template: informed consent for agreement for archiving (deutsch)

Further information on informed consent:

Qualiservice provides templates for informed consent to the processing of personal data in German and English on its website. In addition, we now offer a compilation of helpful information on the subject.

Working Paper for informed consent (explanations of using the QS-Templates) - in German

Further information on data protection:

  Another video by the Institute for IT, Media and Intellectual Property Law on the subject of "Data Protection in Research" can be find here:

  • Ebel, T., & Watteler, O. (2019): Datenschutz im Forschungsdatenmanagement. In: Jensen, U.; Netscher, S.; Weller, K. (eds.): Forschungsdatenmanagement sozialwissenschaftlicher Umfragedaten. Berlin, Opladen, Toronto: Barbara Budrich. pp. 57-80. (in German)

  • Rat für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsdaten (eds.) (2020): Handreichung Datenschutz. RatSWD Output 8 (6). Berlin: RatSWD. (in German)