The PIEL Survey meets the high levels of confidentiality required by research ethics committees.
There are two files used by the App. The Control File is provided by the researcher and this controls the questions. The Data File is created on the participants’ phone or device and holds the answers to the questions.
There is no significant confidentiality risk with the PIEL Survey for the following reasons.
The PIEL App is provided as a free service to the research community through the Apple App Store. There is no marketing material within the app or on the website.
The PIEL Survey receives no sponsorship from commercial entities and relies totally on donations. The app does not even mention donations. The website does discretely mention donations, while making clear that the app is free. Since the app is downloaded free from the Apple App Store, participants will not see the website unless they investigate the source of the app.
The PIEL Survey does not have access to any personal details of users of the app and does not send out marketing materials.