Study info sheet

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Before entroll please read carefully the study information sheet.

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  • What is the purpose of the study?
  • Who is doing this research and why?
  • Are there any exclusion criteria?
  • What will I be asked to do?
  • Once I take part, can I change my mind?
  • Will I be required to attend any sessions and where will these be?
  • How long will it take?
  • What personal information will be required from me?
  • Are there any risks in participating?
  • Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?
  • I have some more questions; who should I contact?
  • What will happen to the results of the study?
  • What if I am not happy with how the research was conducted?
  • What do I get for participating?
The purpose of this study is to understand the user experience of a privacy management app. This is part of a wider research program investigating how information on application data leakage ( that is, the unwitting disclosure of personal information by smartphone apps), can be brought to users in order to enhance their understanding about implication and help them to make more informed privacy-related decisions.
This study is part of a PhD student research project supported by Loughborough University. Alessandro Carelli is the major investigator supervised by Dr Matt Sinclair and Dr Darren Southee.
To be eligible to participate in this study, participants must • be 18 years or older • have a smartphone running any version of Android • have an active data plan with any operator • use Telegram, Whatsapp or Skype on their devices • not have a Computer Science or similar degree
Phase 2 involves the use of a privacy management app for 2 weeks, where you will be required to share thoughts and opinions about your experience (at times which are convenient to you).
Yes! After you have read this information and asked any questions you may have, you will be asked to complete an Informed Consent Form.However, if at any time, before, during or after the sessions you wish to withdraw from the study please just contact the main investigator. You can withdraw for any reason and you will not be asked to explain your reasons for withdrawing.
You will be required to attend two interviews (Phase 1 and Phase 3); the venue for the two interviews will be the Design School Unless an alternative venue is more convenient.
The first interview (Phase 1) will last about 90 minutes. In Phase 2 you will be asked to take quick notes about your experience over the course of two weeks at times which are convenient. The second interview (Phase 3) will last 45-60 minutes
Before starting the study you will be asked to share your email address. You do not need to provide this information. Those respondents that do supply their email address will be eligible to win a 50 euros gift certificate to amazon.com.

We do not expect any risks, stresses, or discomforts as a result of this research
Yes. No information will be shared with anyone outside the investigators named above, without fully anonymising the data. Your email address will be stored separately from your answers, and will not be shared with anyone for any reason.
For any more questions please contact Dr Matt Sinclair (m.sinclair@lboro.ac.uk).
Results and associated data from this study will be used in the context of the main investigator’s PhD, and may be published in the associated thesis. They may also be published in conference papers, scientific journals or other publications. All data will be fully anonymised before publication, and participants’ information will not be disclosed.
If you are not happy with how the research was conducted, please contact Ms Jackie Green, the Secretary for the University’s Ethics Approvals (Human Participants) Sub-Committee:

Ms J Green, Research Office, Hazlerigg Building, Loughborough University, Epinal Way, Loughborough, LE11 3TU. Tel: 01509 222423. Email: J.A.Green@lboro.ac.uk

The University also has a policy relating to Research Misconduct and Whistle Blowing which is available online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/admin/committees/ethical/Whistleblowing(2).htm.

Taking part in this study will show you some new available privacy management tools as well as will improve your awareness of what information are accessed by your apps. In addiction, all participants who shared their email will have the chance to win a 50 EUR gift certificate to Amazon.com.

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