Notification Form for personal data

Learn about what personal data is, who should send in a notification form, and what you must have ready in advance. 

You must send in a notification form at least 30 days before data collection begins.

Sikt’s notification form is a digital form that you as a researcher or student fill in when you are going to process personal data in a research project. We at Sikt then carry out an assessment of the processing you have planned.

We help you find solutions that fit your project and ensure that the planned processing is in accordance with data protection legislation.

Who should send in a notification form? 

If you are going to process personal data in a research project then you should notify this to Sikt, given that your institution has an agreement with Sikt. Check whether your institution has an agreement with Sikt.​

By filling out the notification form your institution will also have an overview of the processing, something it is legally required to have.

If you only collect anonymous data, the project should not be notified to Sikt.

What is personal data? 

Personal data is any data that can be linked to a person. For example, national ID number, name or e-mail/IP address. A person’s voice on a sound recording is also personal data.

It is also possible that a combination of data can be linked to a person.

Read more about what is considered personal data

What is processing?

Processing is any operation that is performed on personal data. It can be:

  • Collecting and registering,
  • Arranging and analysing,
  • Transferring and storing,
  • publishing and archiving

In essence, processing refers to everything you “do” with data.

The project must be notified if you will have personal data at any point during the project, even if the data will be anonymised in your thesis or publications.

What must you have ready beforehand?

Before you fill out the notification form there are several things you should consider.

To save time and ensure that the project makes good choices, it is wise to have thought through a few things beforehand.

  1. Think through these questions: Who will be the focus of my research, who will be included in the sample, what methods should I use, what personal data do I need to achieve my research purpose?
  2. Create an information letter for your participants. Feel free to use Sikt's template.​
  3. Create an interview guide, questionnaire, list of variables, etc., based on what is relevant for your project.
  4. Consider whether you can take steps to minimize any disadvantage for participants when it comes to processing their personal data. An important principle is not to collect more data than you need, and to collect data in as secure a way as possible.
  5. Familiarise yourself with your institution’s information security guidelines, e.g. whether there are requirements for where data is stored, or which survey provider you should use.
  6. Examine whether you need approvals/permits from various bodies in order to carry out your project, e.g. from REC (the Regional Committees for Medical and Health Research Ethics), the Directorate of Norwegian Correctional Service, etc.

Tip! You can read help text in the notification form by holding your curser over the small question marks.

Read more about information and consent

What happens after the form has been sent in?

One of our advisers will carry out an initial review of your form as soon as possible. If we have questions or comments, we will contact you in the message dialogue linked to the form.

Check your email for notifications about messages from Sikt. Alerts are sent to the email address linked to your login/user account. The message dialogue is visible on My Page.

When your notification form has been assessed, the assessment is documentation that your project will process personal data in accordance with data protection legislation.

Read more about what happens when the notification form is submitted

Notify changes to the project

You must notify any planned changes that will affect the processing of personal data in your project.

You notify changes by updating the notification form and clicking on “Confirm send in”. Send also a short summary of the changes in the message dialogue.

Wait for a new assessment before carrying out the changes.

Read more about which changes you must notify Sikt of

Sharing the notification form

It is possible to share the notification form with other persons linked to the project. For students it is obligatory to share the form with the supervisor/project leader.

To share the notification form you:

  1. Click on "Share Project" at the top of the form
  2. Choose "Invite user" and fill in the person’s e-mail address
  3. Choose which type of access the person will have. “Can manage” gives full access and the ability to share the form with others.

The receiver must click on the invite link and log in to get access.

Note that you share access to the notification form by sharing the entire project (also the message dialogue, and other contents linked to the project). However, it is only the person that creates the notification form who can write in the message dialogue and receive email alerts about new messages.

Make a copy of Sikt’s assessment

To print out or save a copy of Sikt’s assessment, click on the "Assessment" button at the top of the form.

You then choose “Print” in the top right-hand corner and under "Select printer" you can save the assessment as pdf or on OneDrive.

You can save a copy of the notification form in the same way, by clicking on the "Export" button at the top of the form.

Why must I notify my project to Sikt?

It is important to notify your project for several reasons:

  • Your institution is legally required to document its processing of personal data. This requirement is fulfilled through notification.
  • You get an assessment that your project is in line with data protection legislation. Lack of notification can, at worst, lead to the collected data having to be deleted.
  • A good information letter can make it possible to reuse the research data. Sikt can help you with this.
  • Data protection legislation provides many opportunities and exemptions for research purposes. By considering potential issues in advance, we can help you find solutions.
  • Filling out a notification form helps you systematise the project and the planned data collection.
  • It is easier to get your results published when you can show that the project has been carried out in a lawful manner.

Contact with Sikt's Data Protection Services

  • Message dialogue: After sending in a notficitaion form, you can use the message dialogue. Log on to My Page (Min side) to find it.
  • Chat: Chat with us on weekdays between 12 noon to 2 PM.
  • Phone: Call us on +47 73 98 40 40 weekdays between 10 AM to 12 noon.

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