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Module 3: Conducting Research Responsibly – Protecting Yourself, Your Research, and Your University

3.6 Research confidentiality

The obligation to preserve confidentiality stems from the principle of autonomy or respect for persons. In a research context this is not only the data obtained on or from individuals but extends to research findings where any confidentiality agreement may apply. As a researcher, you are required to:

  • Keep in confidence any data obtained from study subjects where an assurance of confidentiality has been given
  • Develop confidentiality agreements in consultation with your university
  • Honour the privacy of individuals and the confidentiality of research materials in the manner of storage and maintenance
  • Maintain confidentiality in any communications (oral and written) about the research.
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