Research For Good Research Participant Privacy Notice
Effective Date: 24 July 2019
Last Reviewed: 24 July 2019
This Privacy Notice applies to Research for Good (“RFG”) and all of RFG’s online panel communities, including but not limited to SaySo Rewards (“SaySo), www.SaySoRewards.com”. This Privacy Notice defines how RFG collects, stores, uses and discloses your Personal Data (as defined below). RFG will, and will cause its affiliates to, establish and maintain business procedures that are consistent with this Privacy Notice.
WE PROTECT YOUR PRIVACY
RFG is a leading market research company. RFG is strongly committed to the protection of the confidentiality of Personal Data (“Personal Data”). RFG strives to conform its privacy practices to applicable laws, codes, and regulations, and the codes of standards of applicable market and opinion survey research associations, including, without limitation, the Insights Association (www.insightsassociation.com).
RFG offers research participants the opportunity to take part in market research and express their opinions on a broad range of topics. Our clients and research partners depend on this information to make many decisions that eﬀect the products and services in the global marketplace. Any data that we collect for a research study is reported only in aggregate, and speciﬁc information regarding individuals is never published.
HOW DO WE COLLECT YOUR PERSONAL DATA
We will always collect your Personal Data by fair and lawful means. For example, we may collect your Personal Data when you complete a survey or participate in another research program. Note that Personal Data may be referred to as PII is some jurisdictions.
RFG only collects Personal Data for market research purposes
WHAT PERSONAL DATA DO WE COLLECT AND PROCESS?
The Personal Data that is processed may include your name, address, telephone number (landline and/or mobile), e-mail address, date of birth, and other similar information. RFG may collect Personal Data directly from you when you voluntarily provide it to RFG. RFG will collect data in accordance with their instructions.
RFG may also obtain Personal Data from database owners who have assured us that their databases comprise only individuals who have consented to be included and have their Personal Data shared. Finally, RFG may collect and use Personal Data obtained from publicly available sources, such as telephone directories.
From time to time RFG may collect Sensitive Personal Data which depending on the country in which you live may include, racial or ethnic origin, health records, financial information, political opinions and religious or philosophical beliefs. If RFG collects your Sensitive Personal Data, RFG will always obtain your explicit consent.
You may also submit, upload or transmit content or material, including photos, videos, and/or any other similar or related content or material which may include your Personal Data, for example, when participating in surveys or other market research programs. Such Personal data may be used and disclosed as described in this Privacy Notice and should not include audio, video, images, or the likeness of anyone other than you.
HOW IS PERSONAL DATA COLLECTED AND PROCESSED?
When you participate in one of our surveys or other research programs, we combine the information you provide with the information of all other research participants and report aggregate responses. Additionally, we may use data we collect in statistical modeling to better understand trends among the general population. When we conduct such statistical modeling, we never release your Personal Data.
We will not make your Personal Data available to any third party without your consent, unless it is for research purposes or required by law, as further specified below.
We may use Personal Data for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to:
- enable your participation in a panel;
- gather profiling information about you so RFG can better target specific surveys and other market research programs to you;
- contact you to invite you to participate in surveys or other market research programs;
- update our records of your Personal Data;
- manage our incentives programs and fulfill your requests for such incentives;
- allow you to participate in sweepstakes (if permitted);
- to respond to any messages or requests you may send to us;
- validate your profiling information or answers you provided to a survey or other market research program;
- provide service and support to you;
- detect and prevent violation of our Terms & Conditions;
- to investigate suspected fraudulent activity or violation of another party’s rights;
- to respond to duly authorized information requests of governmental authorities or where required by law;
- in connection with the sale, assignment, or other transfer of our business, in which case RFG will make commercially reasonable efforts to ensure that any such buyer agrees to treat Personal Data in accordance with this Privacy Notice; or
- as otherwise authorized by you.
Please note that receiving email communications, may be a requirement of your participation in our surveys or other research programs. You can opt out from receiving these emails by unsubscribing from the survey or other research program.
RFG always ensures that it is permitted to process your Personal Data. RFG generally does this by obtaining your consent, however in limited cases, RFG may use a statutory condition to process Personal Data.
If a statutory condition applies allowing (RFG to process your Personal Data and you withdraw consent to process your Personal Data this will not necessarily mean that RFG will cease to process your Personal Data as it may, for example, be under a statutory duty to continue to process your Personal Data for some purposes, e.g. to keep copies of commercial transactions for a minimum of seven years.
WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT BY AUTOMATED TECHNOLOGIES?
As further specified below, we may automatically collect a variety of machine readable information about you, including the date and time you visited our website, the pages you visited, the website you came from, the type of browser you are using (e.g., Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome, etc.), the type of operating system you are using (e.g., Windows, mac OS, etc.), your Internet Protocol address and the domain name and address of your Internet service provider.
We may also collect the following:
- website name (full URL of the website homepage); –
- date and time you visited the site;
- number of pages you viewed;
- time in seconds you spend on each page; and
- details of the any website you visited before and/or after participation in one of our surveys or other research program.
If you wish, you can adjust your web browser’s privacy settings to delete cookies upon exiting websites or when you close your browser. You may also configure your browser to block cookies, however doing so may negatively impact your user experience when participating in one of our surveys or other research programs.
A web beacon (also known as a tag, clear gif or 1x1 pixel), consists of a small string of code that is embedded within a web page or email. There may or may not be a visible graphic image associated with the web beacon, and often the image is designed to blend into the background of a web page or email.
We may use web beacons in our email messages to help determine whether our messages are opened and to verify any clicks through to links within the email. We may use this information to determine which of our emails are more interesting to users, to improve the quality of the emails that we send and to query users who do not open our emails as to whether they wish to continue receiving them. The web beacon is deleted when you delete the email.
If you would prefer not to have web beacons in the emails that you receive, you should adjust your email program to receive messages in plain text rather than HTML. It is also possible to detect and control web beacons that are present on web pages by downloading a plug-in for your browser.
RFG may use logging throughout your survey-taking and research program experiences. When you access any of these services, our servers automatically record information that your browser sends whenever you visit a website. These server logs may include information such as your web request, Internet Protocol (IP) address, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request and one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser. This information is periodically deleted as part of normal maintenance routines.
RFG may collect geo-location information from your computer or device. RFG may use your geo-location data for fraud prevention or for market research purposes, including but not limited to advertising research or other tracking-based market research activities. RFG will obtain your consent if RFG collects or uses your geo-location information.
RFG may use digital fingerprinting technology, also known as “machine identification” technology (“Digital Fingerprinting”), to gather certain data about you and/or your computer. This data may include Personal Data an Internet Protocol (IP) address, as well as other data such as a computer operating system or browser version number. This technology creates a unique computer identifier (“ID”) that may be used to identify and track your participation in a survey or other research program and limit participation.
RFG may utilize Digital Fingerprinting technology to assist our clients in ensuring the integrity of survey results by enabling us to authenticate users and to help ensure users participate in surveys no more than the maximum allowable participation. In furtherance of RFG’s efforts to assist its clients in protecting and ensuring the integrity of survey results, RFG may: (a) link or associate an ID to an individual or to Personal Data of an individual; (b) share an ID with RFG’s clients and/or sample or panel providers; and/or (c) receive or obtain a unique identifier that is linked to an identified or identifiable individual. Any unique identifier(s) received or obtained by RFG that are linked to an identified or identifiable individual will be protected in accordance with this Privacy Notice.
WITH WHO DOES RFG SHARE PERSONAL DATA?
RFG will not make your Personal Data available to any third party without your consent, unless it is required by law, as further specified below.
If a survey or other market research program or other activity includes making Personal Data available to a third party, RFG will only share your Personal Data with your consent. If data collected is used statistical modeling to better understand trends and preferences amongst specific groups or audiences within the general population, only limited Personal Data shared will be used only for market research purposes and again only with your consent.
RFG may disclose your Personal Data, profiling data, or other research data to third parties as follows:
- in connection with market research services (including our incentives programs), to our agents, contractors or Partners that facilitate such services; provided, however, such parties are restricted from using your Personal Data in any way other than to provide services to RFG;
- with agents, contractors or Partners of RFG in connection with services that these individuals or entities perform for, or with, RFG. These agents, contractors or Partners are restricted from using this information in any way other than to provide services for RFG. RFG may, for example, provide Personal Data to agents, contractors or Partners for hosting our survey websites, for data collection or processing services, or for sending you information that you requested, but those parties cannot use your Personal Data for their own purposes unrelated to the work they are doing for us;
- with Clients of RFG, but in these cases your Personal Data will only be shared with Clients: i) with your consent, or ii) for permitted research purposes in accordance with the codes of the Insights Association and ESOMAR.
- in connection with the request or requirement of any lawful request by public authorities, to meet national security or law enforcement requirements;
- pursuant to required legal process, to the related compelling party;
- when RFG believes that disclosure is necessary or appropriate to prevent physical harm or financial loss or in connection with suspected or actual illegal activity;
- In connection with the sale, assignment, or other transfer of RFG, in which case RFG will require any such buyer to agree to treat Personal Data in accordance with this Privacy Notice. In the event that a sale, assignment, or other transfer of RFG is not consummated with a prospective buyer, RFG will require the third party not to use or disclose your Personal Data in any manner whatsoever and to completely erase the same; or
- as otherwise authorized by you.
RFG may license certain limited Personal Data to third parties (e.g., data brokers, data aggregators, etc.) for market research purposes, including, but without
limitation, the licensing of individual-level and/or aggregated-level data (e.g., product and/or service purchasing or usage activity, website visitation data, internet search history, etc.) for the development of audience insights and/or look-alike models, for the
purpose of sale of such data to the third party’s customers for the purpose of performing analytics and providing marketing intelligence. This information may be shared via a cookie (cookie ID), a mobile advertising identifier, an email address or other method. After look-alike modeling or aggregation have been performed, Personal Data is deleted.
Additionally, identifying information and information collected by automated means may be provided to third parties, including, without limitation, Clients, Partners,
agents and/or vendors for the purposes of identifying respondents for re-contact surveys or communications, fraud detection and/or prevention, database matching, data validation, data append, coding, data segmentation, and reward, incentive, and/or sweepstakes or promotion related services.
RFG may maintain Personal Data or machine identifiable information in order to satisfy your requests and/or RFG’s business requirements. For instance, RFG may retain the email address of research participants who opted out to ensure RFG conform to any such wish. Any retention Personal Data is done in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
Again, RFG will only share your personal data with your consent.
DO WE COLLECT INFORMATION FROM CHILDREN?
RFG does not knowingly collect Personal Data from children below the age where parental consent is required. If RFG becomes aware that RFG has inadvertently collected Personal Data from a child below the age where parental consent is required, RFG will use delete such Personal Data from our database.
WHAT SAFEGUARDS HAVE WE IMPLEMENTED TO HELP ENSURE THE SECURITY YOUR PERSONAL DATA?
The security of your Personal Data is very important to us. We have put in place reasonable physical, electronic, and administrative procedures to safeguard the information we collect. Only those employees who need access to your information in order to perform their duties are authorized to have access to your Personal Data.
We cannot guarantee that all communications between us or information stored on our servers will be free from unauthorized access by third parties such as hackers, and your use of our services demonstrates your assumption of this risk.
HOW CAN YOU REVIEW YOUR PERSONAL DATA THAT WE HAVE COLLECTED, USED OR DISCLOSED?
We will make available to you Personal Data in our custody or control that we have collected, use or disclosed, upon your written request, to the extent required and/or permitted by law.
To request access to Personal Data that we hold about you, we require that you submit your request in writing at the e-mail address or postal address shown below in the Contact section. When we receive an access request from an individual, we will attempt to fulfill the requested information within 30 days, including requests regarding the Personal Data we have in our possession or control about the individual, what it is being used for, and to whom it has been disclosed, if applicable.
In certain situations, however, RFG may not be able to provide access to some Personal Data. This may occur when:
- providing access to Personal Data would be likely to reveal Personal Data about a third party;
- disclosing the information would reveal confidential commercial information; or
- the information has been collected for the purposes of a legal investigation.
If RFG denies an individual’s request for access to their Personal Data, RFG will advise the individual of the reason for the refusal.
HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT THE PERSONAL DATA WE HAVE ON YOU IS ACCURATE?
RFG makes reasonable efforts to keep Personal Data in its possession or control accurate and complete, based on the most recent information available to us. If you believe your Personal Data is inaccurate, you can demonstrate in writing the accuracy or completeness of the Personal Data we have on you by emailing email@example.com. If you successfully demonstrate that the Personal Data we have on you is inaccurate or incomplete, we will amend as required.
HOW DO I OPT-OUT OF SURVEYS OR OTHER RESEARCH PROGRAMS?
Your decision to participate in a survey or other research program, respond to any specific survey question or provide Personal Data or Sensitive Personal Data, will always be respected. You may choose whether or not to participate in a particular survey or research program or discontinue participation at any time. However, failure to provide certain information or fully participate in a particular survey may preclude you from receiving incentive compensation or participation in future certain research studies.
If you decide not to participate in a survey or other research program, you can click the unsubscribe hyperlink within the e-mail and you will no longer receive survey or other research program invitations. You can also e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
INFORMATION FOR CITIZENS OF THE EU AND SWITZERLAND ABOUT CROSS-BORDER TRANSFERS
With respect to personal data received or transferred pursuant to the Privacy Shield Frameworks, RFG is subject to the regulatory enforcement powers of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
Pursuant to the Privacy Shield Frameworks, EU and Swiss individuals have the right to obtain our confirmation of whether we maintain personal information relating to you in the United States. Upon request, we will provide you with access to the personal information that we hold about you. You may also may correct, amend, or delete the personal information we hold about you. An individual who seeks access, or who seeks to correct, amend, or delete inaccurate data transferred to the United States under Privacy Shield, should direct their query to email@example.com. If requested to remove data, we will respond within a reasonable timeframe.
We will provide an individual opt-out choice (for personal data) or opt-in choice (for sensitive data) before we share your data with third parties other than our agents, or before we use it for a purpose other than which it was originally collected or subsequently authorized. To request to limit the use and disclosure of your personal information, please submit a written request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
RFG’s accountability for personal data that it receives in the United States under the Privacy Shield and subsequently transfers to a third party is described in the Privacy Shield Principles. In particular, RFG remains responsible and liable under the Privacy Shield Principles if third-party agents that it engages to process the personal data on its behalf do so in a manner inconsistent with the Principles, unless RFG proves that it is not responsible for the event giving rise to the damage.
In compliance with the Privacy Shield Principles, RFG commits to resolve complaints about your privacy and our collection or use of your personal information transferred to the United States pursuant to Privacy Shield. European Union and Swiss individuals with Privacy Shield inquiries or complaints should first contact RFG at:
Privacy Compliance Officer
Research for Good
1037 NE 65th St #80212
Seattle, WA 98115
RFG has further committed to refer unresolved privacy complaints under the Privacy Shield Principles to an independent dispute resolution mechanism, the BBB EU PRIVACY SHIELD, operated by the Council of Better Business Bureaus. If you do not receive timely acknowledgment of your complaint, or if your complaint is not satisfactorily addressed, please visit http://www.bbb.org/EU-privacy-shield/for-eu-consumers for more information and to file a complaint. This service is provided free of charge to you.
If your Privacy Shield complaint cannot be resolved through the above channels, under certain conditions, you may invoke binding arbitration for some residual claims not resolved by other redress mechanisms. See Privacy Shield Annex 1 at https://www.privacyshield.gov/article?id=ANNEX-I-introduction.
LINKS TO THIRD PARTY WEBSITES
This Privacy Notice applies solely to surveys and other research programs operated by RFG, and not to any other product or service. This website may contain links to a number of third party websites that we believe may offer useful information. The policies and procedures we described here do not apply to those websites. We recommend that you carefully read the privacy notices or policies of each site that you visit for information on their privacy, security, data collection and distribution policies.
We value your opinion. If you have questions, comments or suggestions, or if you would like to opt-out of our surveys or other research programs, please contact us at email@example.com or via mail at:
Research for Good
1037 NE 65th St #80212
Seattle, WA 98115