Recognition of STEMI by Paramedics and the Effect of Computer inTerpretation
What information is collected?
The only personally identifiable data collected by this website is your email address, which is used to link your responses to the study questions and send out periodic reminders about your progress through the study. Once the study is over, your email address will be removed within one calendar month, unless you have given express consent to be contacted about involvement in a subsequent study (this is optional and may not be relevant to the study you are participating in).
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers downloaded onto your computer when you visit a website. The RESPECT study uses a single cookie called RESPECT_COOKIE. This is essential and the website will not function without it, as it tracks your progress through the study, ensuring that you see the ECGs in the correct order, for example. If you do not want this cookie installed on your computer, please do not take part in the study.
Under the Data Protection Act, Richard Pilbery, the chief investigator and data controller, has a legal obligation to protect your personally identifable data (in this case, your email address). This is achieved by encrypting your personal information using a strong cipher, prior to saving it onto the study database. In addition, access to the database and web server is restricted to the chief investigator only. This ensures that your information is stored securely and that no one, including the researchers, will know your email address.
At the end of the study, your email address will be permanently deleted from the database, so even if you have consented for your study answers to be used in subsequent research, it will not be possible to track your answers back to you personally. Ordinarily, your email address will be kept for no more than three months in total (approximately two months during the study and a maximum of one calendar month afterwards), unless you have expressly consented for it to be used to contact you regarding a future research study. At no time will your email address be shared with any third party.
The webserver is hosted by a company called 1and1 (www.1and1.co.uk), whose servers are hosted in Germany. Although outside the UK, provision is made in the Data Protection Act 1998 for personally identifiable data to be processed outside the UK but within the European Ecomonic Area.