Browser Plugin Study - Recruiting

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This task is part of a research study conducted by Dr. Norman Sadeh at Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Joel Reidenberg at Fordham University, and Dr. Pedro Leon at Stanford University and is funded by the National Science Foundation.

The purpose of the research is to build a browser plugin that effectively communicates websites’ privacy practices and available privacy choices to Internet users.

This screening survey includes a number of multiple-choice and open-ended questions about your demographics as well as Internet usage. It will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. You will also be asked to provide an email address so that we can contact you if you are selected to participate in the research study. Your participation is voluntary and all data collected through this questionnaire will be stored securely and only be used for research purposes and by authorized researchers.

Participant Requirements
Participation in this study is limited to individuals living in the US and at least 18 years old.

The risks and discomfort associated with participation in this study are no greater than those ordinarily encountered in daily life or during other online activities and include boredom and fatigue. We will take a number of measures to protect your responses: (1) all the collected survey data will be stored securely; 2) all the collected data will only be accessed by authorized researchers.

There may be no personal benefit from your participation in the study but the knowledge received may be of value to humanity.

Compensation & Costs
There is no compensation for participating in this screening survey, but if you are selected to participate in the study, there will be $30 as compensation for participation in the research study. There will be no cost to you if you participate in this screening survey and the research study.

By participating in the study, you understand and agree that Carnegie Mellon may be required to disclose your consent form, data and other personally identifiable information as required by law, regulation, subpoena or court order. Otherwise, your confidentiality will be maintained in the following manner: Your data and consent form will be securely stored and will not be disclosed to third parties. By participating, you understand and agree that the data and information gathered during this study may be used by Carnegie Mellon and published and/or disclosed by Carnegie Mellon to others outside of Carnegie Mellon. However, your name, address, contact information and other direct personal identifiers will not be mentioned in any such publication or dissemination of the research data and/or results by Carnegie Mellon.
In case you are selected to participate in the research study, the researchers will further take the following steps to protect your identities: (1) you will be assigned a participant ID (PID) and we use this PID to identify you for this study; 2) the collected data and consent forms will be kept separated and stored securely; 3) all the collected data will only be accessed by authorized researchers.

Right to Ask Questions & Contact Information
If you have any questions about this study, you should feel free to ask them by contacting the Principal Investigator Dr. Norman Sadeh, Professor, Institute for Software Research, Carnegie Mellon University.

Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-268-8144

If you have questions later, desire additional information, or wish to withdraw your participation please contact the Principal Investigator by mail, phone or e-mail in accordance with the contact information listed above.

If you have questions pertaining to your rights as a research participant; or to report objections to this study, you should contact the Office of Research integrity and Compliance at Carnegie Mellon University. Email: . Phone: 412-268-1901 or 412-268-5460.

Voluntary Participation
Your participation in this research is voluntary. You may discontinue participation at any time during the research activity.
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