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Confidentiality policy

Sigma Research takes special care of the personal information you give us when you take part in our research. We make sure that your personal information is:

• Only used for the research project you agreed to take part in.
• Held securely, so that other people can’t see it.
• Safely destroyed after the project is finished.
• Never passed on to anyone else.

In most of the online surveys we do, we will not require your name, address or even your email address. If we ask your name, address, email or telephone number (in order to arrange interviews, for example) these are not stored together with any other information you give. We write our reports in a way that protects your identity, so no one will ever know who took part. We plan our research to make sure that it doesn’t cause you any harm or distress. You can email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call her on 020-7927 2794 if you want us to change or delete any of the information we hold about you, or for more information about any of our projects.

Once you have read this, and you choose to participate in our research, you are consenting for Sigma Research to use your information in the ways described here.

Data Protection Act (1998)
Our work is covered by the Data Protection Act (1998) which states that all personal and sensitive information will be:
1. used in a way that is fair and lawful
2. used for limited purposes
3. adequate, relevant and not excessive
4. accurate
5. not kept longer than necessary
6. used in accordance with the data subject's rights
7. secure
8. not transferred to countries without adequate protection

You can find out more about this law from the Information Commissioner’s Office

Sigma Research is part of the Department of Social & Environmental Health Research at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.