What is personal information?
Personal information is any information that can be used to identify who you are. This may include your first and last name, email address, home address or telephone number, or email address.
Informed consent is always obtained from participants before collecting personal information. This means that The Center for Anxiety will never collect any personal information without your knowledge and permission.
Why the Center for Anxiety may collect personal information during research studies?
Wherever possible, Center for Anxiety studies are conducted anonymously in order to provide the highest degree of protection for participants’ privacy. However, many studies require in-person participation. Other studies may require that participants provide an active email address to facilitate communication (e.g., studies that require on-going participation). Participants are free to create an alias email address for the purposes of participating in such studies (e.g., firstname.lastname@example.org), unless otherwise noted. Additionally, after completing involvement in The Center for Anxiety studies, participants are typically given the option to receive the results of the investigation via email. To protect your privacy, email addresses collected for the purposes of communicating results are not linked to participants’ responses to psychological questions unless otherwise noted.
How your personal information is kept confidential
Where it is necessary to gather personal information for research purposes, data is kept confidential. Personal information is kept in secure files and access is restricted to researchers who use the data for the purposes of investigation (i.e., only those who have a need to know). Wherever possible, personal information is removed from datasets after it is no longer needed. Additionally, the Center for Anxiety makes reasonable efforts to protect your personal information from loss, theft, unauthorlzed access, disclosure, copying, misuse and alteration.
Other ways personal information may be obtained and how it is protected
“Contact Us” Form: Center for Anxiety website contains a Contact Us page so visitors can ask specific questions about our research and psychological services provided by NYC Psychology Inc. The contact us page contains an email form so you can comment, make suggestions, request information and ask questions. On this form, your first name and email address are required so we can answer your questions, however the “last name” field of the contact form is optional – you do not have to provide your last name in this correspondence. Note that we may also track your browser type and referring URL to better diagnose technical issues you may be having. Information sent via the contact us page is not connected to responses to Center for Anxiety research nor shared with third parties. It is simply used to answer your correspondence.
Withdrawing your consent to provide personal information
If you have provided The Center for Anxiety with personal information in the past and then have second thoughts or want to update it, please contact us. Please note that it is not always possible to remove or modify personal information in the database, but we will make reasonable efforts to do so upon request.