The EU Commission has just published a Preliminary Opinion on data protection and scientific research. In its 36 pages, they cover a variety of topics including legal basis for processing, derogations for scientific research and the presumption of compatibility for research purposes. As a half Spanish reader, I consider this my King's Day present from the EU Commission and will share our thoughts on it later this week. 

However, the message seems quite clear: Science and health come first, GDPR compliance cannot be used as an excuse for lack of transparency and concentration of power.