When a client asks you to process psychometric test data for their employees, and pay you for this service, there may be tendency for the client to assume that the data belongs to them. However, this is not the case. Psychometric test data belongs to the test user/participant as the data has been construed from them, and it is about them
Besides the above, psychometric test data is referred to as 'special category' data, because it provides information about a persons health. Specifically, it comments on a persons intellectual and emotional capacity. In view of this, greater protection is required when handling such sensitive data, as it could cause harm to test takers/psychometricians.
If you are a user of psychometric tests, this week's The Psychometric Cafe' is likely to be of interest to you. We will be exploring the UK GDPR position and advice on psychometric test data, and the Personal Data Directorate also. Our resident psychometrician Dr Michelle Hunter-Hill will be taking questions on the sensitivity of such data, and ethical considerations such as 'consent' and 'withdrawal' in relation to testing.