Ongoing research projects

Lånekassen collects and manages large volumes of personal data. The regulations allow us to share personal data for the purposes of research. The legal basis for such processing is Article 6 no. 1 e of the GDPR and Sections 8 and 9 of the Norwegian Personal Data Act (if such disclosure relates to special categories of personal data).

Data that is subject to confidentiality

If the research will make use of confidential information, the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research will decide whether Lånekassen can disclose the data to the researchers, cf. Section 13 d of the Norwegian Public Administration Act. In cases in which Lånekassen may disclose confidential information for research purposes, the researchers will be subject to a duty of confidentiality. The data may be used only as part of the research work and in accordance with any terms and conditions set down by the Ministry. If the results of the research work will be published or otherwise used, consent is required from those the data relates to, or the data must be provided in statistical form, or by otherwise omitting any identifying characteristics.

Privacy guarantees

When Lånekassen discloses personal data for research purposes, we have a duty to obtain the necessary guarantees to safeguard the privacy of the data subjects, please see Article 89 of the GDPR.

This means that Lånekassen will ensure that

  • information disclosed for research purposes is limited to the data that is necessary for the research and is disclosed securely
  • information is de-identified or anonymised where possible
  • researchers are subject to a duty of confidentiality and do not use the data in ways other than required for the research
  • the disclosure is subject to an assessment of the impact on privacy pursuant to Article 35 of the GDPR in cases in which disclosure carries a high risk to the rights and freedoms of data subjects

Research projects

Student Health and Well-being Survey (2021)

The survey is being conducted by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH). The survey will be issued in March 2021.

The purpose of the project: The purpose is to survey students’ health and well-being over the course of the last year. The project makes use of the national identity number that Lånekassen has received via the ID portal in order to link data from this survey round to the previous survey in 2018. NIPH says that the compilation of data is one of the key objectives of the survey, in order to look at developments in student health over time. The surveys will help contribute to a better knowledge base for further developing educational support schemes so that these are adapted to students’ needs.

Who is affected by the disclosure of data: Full-time Norwegian students in Norway and abroad.

What personal data is disclosed: National identity number.

User survey for the Lycée scheme (2020)

The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research has commissioned the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (DIKU) to collect data from Lånekassen in order to conduct a user survey for the purpose of evaluating the Lycée scheme. The Lycée scheme is aimed at former and current pupils who are taking upper secondary education in France under the international agreement between Norway and France. The user survey will be conducted during the autumn of 2020.

Who is affected by the disclosure of data: The survey will cover all pupils who started a 3-year programme at the Norwegian units in Lyon, Rouen or Bayeux during the period from 1989 to 2017.

What personal data is disclosed: Name, contact details, age, local authority and any subsequent exchange visits supported by Lånekassen for students covered by the survey.