Confidentiality and data protection

It is crucial that researchers respect the confidentiality of, and data provided by, their participants in an ethically and legally appropriate manner. This means thinking about how to safely and appropriately store and manage participants' data before any data is collected.

This page details the key information for researchers to consider in relation to participant data. Researchers should also check the guidance pages for specific research methods.

No matter what type of data you collect, it is always important that your participant information sheet (PIS) (Word) and consent form (Word) provide clear and consistent information to participants about their data and offer them an appropriate right to withdraw data, and that this information is consistent with what is written in your ethical review application form (Word).

If personal data have been lost, stolen, or accidentally deleted, researchers must contact dataprot@st-andrews.ac.uk immediately because the law requires that the University log such instances.