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Privacy & Personal Information

Under development and review

Doing design research requires the collection of people’s personal information. Researchers must make sure they collect, use, disclose, and store this information properly to protect participant’s confidentiality and follow the privacy laws of British Columbia.

What is Personal Information?

Simply put, personal information is any recorded information about an identifiable individual other than their business contact information. Personal information also includes information that can be used to identify an individual through association or inference. This can include, but is not limited to

  • Name, age, sex, weight, height
  • Home address, phone number, email
  • Race, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation
  • Medical information
  • Health care history, including physical or mental disability
  • Number or symbol assigned to the individual
  • Income, purchases and spending habits
  • Blood type, DNA code, fingerprints
  • Marital or family status
  • Religion
  • Education
  • Financial information
  • Criminal information
  • Employment information
  • Personal views or opinions

Privacy Principles for Design Research

Follow the Ten Privacy Principles when doing design research. Information on how the principles apply specifically to design research are coming soon.

Review information about consent and keeping personal information private.