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Data Privacy – collection, use and trust

Participant Information

Ethics reference number:  ERGO/FPSE/13970

Version: 2

Date: 2015-02-23

Study Title: Data Privacy – collection, use and trust

Investigator: Luke Short


Please read this information carefully before deciding to take part in this research. If you are happy to participate you will be asked to sign a consent form if completing a physical copy of the survey or check the consent box if completing an online survey.  Your participation is completely voluntary.

What is the research about?  This is a student project which aims to collect data and opinions on the views people have on the collection and use of personal data in the digital world.

Why have I been chosen?  You have been approached because you are part of a randomly selected group of people, or you have been provided access to an online survey.

What will happen to me if I take part?  You will first answer a series of multiple choice and open answer questions before being provided with some information. You will then be asked to complete a few more questions and have the option to access an online website that will help my research. It will take no more than 20 minutes.

Are there any benefits in my taking part?  The study may increase your awareness of the risks to personal data privacy and possible ways to improve this.

Are there any risks involved?  There are no particular risks associated with your participation.

Will my data be confidential?  All data is anonymous and no personally identifiable information will be collected. Your data will be converted to a digital copy and held on a password protected computer in an encrypted folder (if completing the physical survey) and then destroyed along with the relevant consent forms. If completing the digital survey it will be held on a secure university server. Data will only be used in accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998). 

What happens if I change my mind?  You may withdraw at any time and for any reason.  As all data collected is anonymous you will be unable to access, change, or withdraw your data after collection.  You may keep any benefits you receive.  

What happens if something goes wrong?  Should you have any concern or complaint, contact me if possible (investigator e-mail:, otherwise please contact the FPSE Office (e-mail: or any other authoritative body such as Head of Research Governance (e-mail: