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The Data Protection/Ethics Self-Assessment Tool (DESAT) is aimed at researchers who in any way involve persons or at least their data in their research (e.g. for surveys, experiments, observations, etc.) – regardless of whether the resulting data is anonymized or not.

Researchers can use the tool to assess which questions their project raises in terms of data protection and ethics and inform themselves whether they need to submit their project to the appropriate body (UZH Data Protection Law Section, Faculty Ethics Committee, cantonal data protection commissioner or cantonal ethics committee). The information and recommendations collected by the tool are finally summarized for the researchers in the form of a PDF document.

Access to tool

Click here to go to the tool.

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