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Privacy is a shield that helps you to protect your personal data; it gives you the choice what you do and do not share with others.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) prescribes how organizations such as NWO-I should handle personal data. NWO-I must be able to demonstrate that it adheres to the GDPR. One of the important responsibilities is that NWO-I informs the people whose personal data the organization processes as well as possible

Each Institute and the NWO-I office has a privacy coordinator and a privacy team, who together with all other colleagues ensure that NWO-I complies with the GDPR.
NWO-I also has a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and a Data Protection Officer (DPO).

Do you suspect a security incident or data breach? Always report it!


Knowledge safety

Knowledge safety is a broad term. It can be divided into 3 main categories:

  1. Undesired knowledge transfer: the transfer of knowledge and technologies as a result of which the national security (and sometimes the competitive strength) of the Netherlands can be threatened.
  2. Interference: (covert) influencing of academic education and research by or from within other states; as a result of this, academic freedom and the safety of students and researchers can be put under pressure.
  3. Ethics/integrity: collaboration with researchers in countries where the government does not or does not sufficiently respect human rights.

The NWO-I knowledge safety policy aims to ensure that our research collaborations take place in a safe environment, that the ‘crown jewels’ are protected against undesired transfers and that scientific integrity and academic freedom are safeguarded. The motto is: “Open if possible and protected if necessary”.



Each NWO Institute has its own contact person for knowledge safety. The names of these contact persons are listed on your institute’s intranet.

Would you like to know more about knowledge safety at NWO-I? Then please continue to read on the page about knowledge safety

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