Privacy Notice for the survey participants
The European Social Survey is a survey of social attitudes, beliefs and behaviours of individuals in European countries.
Protecting your personal information is important to us. This notice outlines what we do with the information we collect and store.
Why are we contacting you?
[ESS has asked National statistics agencies to produce representative lists of possible participants, based on random sampling information about [your age, gender, address] or household].
If you are under 16 years of age at the time of the interview, a parent or guardian will be asked for permission for you to participate. As a parent/guardian you can request to see the questionnaire in advance.
Your participation in the ESS
During the ESS interview, you will be asked a number of questions about your attitudes, life events, as well as more factual questions. We will ask about, politics, religion, trade union membership and about your attitudes to social issues. Your answers from the interview will be recorded electronically. We also gather information about the area you live in.
Your participation in the survey is voluntary. You are free to choose which questions you want to answer, and you may stop the interview at any time without giving any explanation.
If you decide not to participate
If you decide not to take part in the ESS, for whatever reason, we will ask and record the reason(s) why, for example if this is due to a language barrier or illness/sickness. This information helps us to check that the people who participate in the survey are representative of the overall population in your country. For information about your privacy and rights, see below.
What happens with the collected information?
- We will treat all the information about you with strict confidentiality and in accordance with EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and national data protection laws.
- Only the fieldwork organisation, that collects data, will have access to your contact (e.g. name and address) information.
- When the survey is finished, the fieldwork organisation will send the ESS data, without your name or contact details, to the ESS Archive (NSD - Norwegian Centre for Research Data, Bergen, Norway).
- Your name and contact information will be deleted when the data is published and no later than June 2020.
- The rest of the collected ESS data will be securely stored for an indefinite period. They are made available for use in scientific studies by researchers, students and others interested in Europeans’ social attitudes.
- There is a possibility but it is unlikely that some information (such as citizenship, age, country of birth, occupation, ancestry and region) may combine in a way that would identify you. This is a possibility only for the survey responses which are not published. Access to these data will only be given to researchers after approved applications and confidentiality agreements are in place.
- The results of the survey will be published on the ESS website within May 2020.
- We will make every effort to ensure that no participant is identifiable in the results of the survey or in any publications based on the study.
As long as we can identify you in the ESS results (the survey responses), you have the right to object to the processing of your personal data, to access, rectify and erase any information about you, and to ask us what information we hold about you. Once details such as your name and address are removed, then it will no longer be possible to delete the information you provided.
You also have the right to lodge a complaint to your national supervisory authority or with the UK Information Commission’s Office.
Who is responsible?
The European Social Survey European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ESS ERIC) undertakes the survey and is the Data Controller. Its headquarters are in London, UK.
What organisations are involved?
In each country, a named National Coordinator and fieldwork organisation is responsible for the recruitment and carrying out the survey. See the National Pages for an overview of the key members of each national team.
What gives us the right to collect your personal data?
The lawful bases used in ESS are that it is undertaken as a task in the public interest and necessary for research and archiving purposes, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation and national laws.
Where can I find out more?
- Fieldwork organisation/National team (see National Pages)
- Data Protection Officer, ESS ERIC (Data Controller): firstname.lastname@example.org
- National Data Protection Authority (see http://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/article29/item-detail.cfm?item_id=612080)
- UK Information Commission’s Office
- By post: Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow Cheshire, SK9 5AF
- By telephone: 01625 545700
- By email: https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/email/
- ESS ERIC Representative in the EU (Art. 27): The appointment of the Representative is in train and details will follow shortly.