What happens to the information I give?

The information you give us will be held securely and treated in strict confidence in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation. Any information that may identify you, such as your name, your contact details and any other details that may identify you, will be kept separate from your answers to the questionnaire. We hold any information which could identify you securely and never make this available to researchers.

The answers you give in the questionnaire will be made available securely to researchers, along with other information held by the study about you, to look at the impact of coronavirus on people’s lives.

Our COVID-19 survey included the question: “Please use the space below to express in your own words the main ways the Coronavirus outbreak has affected your life and/or your loved ones so far, and what you think the effects might be in the future”. Responses to this question will also be made available to researchers and may also be used in communications about the survey and about research using the survey data. As with all the information you share with us, responses to this question will be de-identified before anyone can use them. You may be able to recognise your own response, but other people will not be able to identify you through your response.

See the ‘Privacy and data protection’ FAQs for more details about how we use your personal information.