The aim of Digital Footprints is to give researchers and other analysts the possibility of analyzing data on social networks. In order to analyze data the Digital Footprints app collects information about you from your account on the social networking site, but only if you voluntarily provide it to us, in accordance with the policies and terms of the social networking site. The specific type of information that you permit analysts using Digital Footprint to collect will appear in a separate window that you have to approve. Additionally, we may obtain information from e.g. your email of a question to our customer service desk. Further, we may ask you for personal information (such as name or email address) if you choose to sign up for any particular service we offer (such as a newsletter or reminder service) or in order to contact you for research purpose. In all such cases, the information provided will not be disclosed to unauthorized third parties and will be used solely for the purpose of research or providing you with the service.
Digital Footprints is designed to know more about your data strategies online. Digital Footprints therefore reveals your information and the information from your friends associated with you to the authenticated analysts that has asked for your participation. Furthermore we use the data for anonymous data analysis and aggregated statistics. The database is only accessible for the trusted team of Digital Footprints and the analyst. In order to use Digital Footprints analysts have to go through an authenticating security check verifying that they are university researchers and comply with the law on privacy and data protection in your country. The analyst that has asked you to participate in a project using Digital Footprints is responsible for your data. The analyst is responsible for the legal safe handling of your data and Digital Footprints cannot be held responsible for any misuse of data and cannot verify the legal document for the data handling. However, any misuse should be reported to the development team of Digital footprints (firstname.lastname@example.org) and prober action will be taken.
As a participant in a research project we encourage you to verify that the researcher has the proper legal documents to do the study. In many countries this means a permission/authentication from e.g. Institutional Review Boards or National Data Agencies.
You may provide us with another person's email address to invite that person to participate in a project using Digital Footprints. Digital Footprints may but is not obligated to use this information to contact the person to join the service.
Use of Information collected
Digital Footprints will only use the personal information collected from you or from the Social Networking Site for the operation of the project in accordance with the policies and terms of the social network. We do not rent, lease, loan, sell, voluntarily distribute or redistribute your personal information to any unaffiliated third parties.
No matter what method we use to collect information and no matter how we use that information, we will only collect the information deemed reasonably necessary to fulfill your online requests and our legitimate research objectives, and such information will not be provided to any third parties.
Consistent with Copyright and Intellectual Property Regulations and in its sole discretion, we reserve the right to remove any of your personal information or content from the service if we receive a notice of intellectual property infringement or other complaint.
Please note that if you participate in a research project the researcher will publish his/her results. They often make your data anonym by changing or not stating your name, but past cases have shown that people have succeeded in de-anonymizing the data by making search on text-strings or combining network graphs. Digital Footprints cannot be held responsible for any leakage this may cause and we strongly advice you to ask the analyst to go into detail with his/her strategy in this matter so that you are carefully informed when giving your consent.
We ask each researcher to indicate an active period for each research project using Digital Footprints. When this period is finalized the participant data is stored according to Danish (EU) law and researchers will have to re-apply to get access to the collected data.
Other Disclosure of Your Personal Information
In addition, in the event of a merger, reorganization, or other similar event, user information may be transferred to Digital Footprints' successor or assign, if permitted by and done in accordance with applicable law.
We may also share aggregated information about our users. For example, we may say a particular type of projects' audience is X% female and Y% male. This data is general anonymous statistics for research purpose only. It can also help to tailor our products and services to meet the needs of our users.
Not Providing Information
If you choose not to submit personal information when requested, you may not be able to participate in the research project. We carefully instruct analysts only to collect data about you that is necessary for the fulfillment of the analytical project.
Passive Means of Information Collection (Cookies, IP addresses, etc.)
An Internet Protocol (IP) address is a number that is used by computers on the network to identify your computer every time you log on to the Internet. Although we do not generally collect IP addresses, we may collect and use your IP address when we feel it is necessary to protect our service, websites, customers, or others.
If you use the software, we may collect other unique numbers associated with a computer's identity on a network.
Other information that may be passively collected by Digital Footprints is in the form of logs - files that record website activity, including how many "hits" a particular web page is getting (a.k.a. "navigational data"). These entries are generated anonymously, and enable us to gather statistics about users' browsing habits, assess overall website activity, and maintain website security. We also use the log file entries for our internal marketing and demographic studies, so we can constantly improve the online services we provide you. Log files are used internally only.
Policy Regarding Children
We request that any person under the age of majority in their jurisdiction ask the permission of their parents before providing any information to us or anyone else over the Internet. We recognize the importance of safeguarding the privacy of children and encourage parents to check and monitor their children's use of online activities regularly.