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In May 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will enter into force in the European Union. This new regulation is considered as the most modern data protection law for Big Data societies of tomorrow. The GDPR will bring major changes to data ownership and the way data can be accessed, processed, stored, and analysed in the European Union. From May 2018 onwards, data subjects gain fundamental rights such as ‘the right to access data’ or ‘the right to be forgotten’. This will force Big Data system designers to follow a privacy-by-design approach for their infrastructures and fundamentally change the way data can be treated in the European Union.
The presentation provides an overview of the Trusted Learning Analytics Programme as it has been recently initiated at the University of Frankfurt and the DIPF research institute in Germany. Educational data is under special focus of the GDPR, as it is considered as highly sensitive like data from a nuclear plant. It shows opportunities and challenges for using educational data for learning analytics purposes under the light of the GDPR 2018.