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Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

The PRIDE (Population Research in Identity and Disparities for Equality) Study Research Team (the “Research Team”) knows that you care about how your information is used and shared. The Research Team takes protecting your privacy very seriously. Please read the following to learn more about how the Research Team uses and protects information collected through the Study (as herein defined) and its website www.pridestudy.org (the “Site”).


By using the Site in any manner, you acknowledge that you accept the practices and policies outlined in The PRIDE Study Privacy Policy (this “Privacy Policy”).


You consent that the Research Team will collect, use, and share your information as described in this Privacy Policy and the Study documents referenced herein and on the Site.


What does this Privacy Policy cover?

This Privacy Policy covers the treatment of personally identifiable information ("Personal Information") that the Research Team gathers when you are accessing or using the Site. This Privacy Policy does not apply to the practices of companies or institutions that the Research Team does not own or control, or those which are not members of the Research Team.

Your use of the Site will allow you to provide the Research Team with Personal Information, which may include but is not limited to information about your identity and other demographic information, your medical conditions, prior surgeries, your medications, and answers to health and well-being-related surveys. The Site collects your Personal Information for the purposes of a research study being conducted at The Leland Stanford Junior University (“Stanford”) called the “The PRIDE (Population Research in Identity and Disparities for Equality) Study” (the “Study”). If you choose to use the Site to provide the Research Team with any Personal Information, you must first review and acknowledge the Informed Consent Form for the Study, which will be presented to you within the Site.


The Research Team does not knowingly collect or solicit Personal Information from anyone under the age of 18 or knowingly allow such persons to register for the Study. If you are under 18, you are not allowed to register for the Study. If the Research Team learns that it has collected Personal Information from a person under age 18, the Research Team will delete that information. If you believe that the Research Team might have any information from or about a person under the age of 18, please contact the Research Team at support@pridestudy.org or 855-421-9991 (toll-free). 


How does The PRIDE Study Site collect information?

The Site will obtain information from you in two ways. The first is information that you manually enter into the Site. The second is information that the Site collects automatically about you, as described more fully below. 


Information you manually enter into the Site:

The Research Team receives and stores information you manually enter into the Site. For example, the Research Team collects Personal Information that directly identifies you, including your name, email address, and birth date. The Research Team collect this information: (i) to verify your identity, (ii) to verify that you reside within the United States or US Territories, (iii) to verify that you are at least 18 years of age, and (iv) so that the Research Team can contact you. In addition to these direct identifiers, the Research Team asks you to enter information including, but not limited to, gender identity, sexual orientation, education level, weight, height, annual income, race, ethnicity, health insurance status, United States Armed Services affiliation. Additionally, the Research Team may ask about your health and your healthcare experiences. You are free to respond to whichever questions you wish and decline to do so for those questions you do not wish to respond, with the understanding that the Study benefits the most when you share the most information that feels comfortable/appropriate for you. 


Information collected automatically:

In addition to the Personal Information that you manually enter, the Site can also collect certain Personal Information about you automatically through any sensor that you may choose to share with the Study. For example, if you have confirmed your consent to do so in “My Devices” section of the Site, the Site can interface with your wearable device’s sensors (accelerometers, gyroscope, barometer, etc.) to collect your physical activity. These data will be automatically uploaded to the site.


This Site also automatically receives technical information relating to your usage of the Site such as your operating system, device, features used, content viewed and downloaded, the dates and times of your interactions with the Site and other information. The Research Team may use this information to understand, customize, and improve user experience with the Site and the Study. 


Is Personal Information about me secure?

All information that is collected through the Site will be sent to a secure data server run by Google Cloud Platform. The Study currently utilizes 256-bit secure socket layer (SSL) protocol which protects all data transmission sent between our servers, Google Cloud Platform, and the Site. Google Cloud Platform’s security practices have been reviewed to meet privacy and security standards set by Stanford. 


The direct identifiers will be encrypted and stored separately from your survey data. For research purposes, the Research Team analyzes de-identified information. However, Stanford researchers will maintain your consent and the ability to re-identify the de-identified Study data for legal or other purposes, and they may share your re-identified Personal Information with others at Stanford who need to see such information to ensure that the Study research meets legal, regulatory, or institutional requirements.


The Research Team endeavors to protect the privacy of the Personal Information that the Research Team holds in its records but cannot guarantee complete security. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors, may compromise the security of your Personal Information at any time.


The Site may contain links to educational websites. The Research Team is not responsible for the privacy policies and/or practices on websites that may be accessed through these links. When following a link to another website, you are responsible for reading that website’s privacy policy and making sure that you agree with it and can abide by it.


Please note that all information collected by the Site will be processed in the United States, and this may be done by another entity under contract with Stanford. During the Study, only Stanford and contractors engaged by Stanford will be able to compile data you generate or provide through or with the Site. You should only transmit data for the Study if you are in the United States and US territories at the time you transmit such data. If you transmit data for the Study while you are outside of the United States and US territories, then laws in the United States and US territories may not protect your privacy to the same extent as the laws in the country from which you have transmitted data to the Site. For this reason, we strongly discourage you from transmitting data when you are outside the United States and US territories, and in that regard, you must know that you may not have the same privacy protections as when you transmit data within the United States.


Will the Research Team or Stanford share any of the information it receives?

As part of your participation in the Study, and per your Informed Consent Form for the Study, the Research Team may share your coded/de-identified study data (data without personal identifiers) with researchers outside of Stanford under criteria established by Stanford.


The information collected by the Site will not be shared with or sold for advertising purposes.


The Research Team reserves the right to disclose information collected through the Site as required by law, when the Research Team believes disclosure is necessary to comply with a regulatory requirement, judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on us. The Research Team may also be required by law to disclose information to protect the safety, rights, or property of Stanford or the public.


What Personal Information can I access?

Through the Site, you may access, and in some cases, edit or delete the following information you’ve provided to us: name and password email address, user profile information, including your height, weight, demographic information, and health information.


When you update or delete information, however, the Research Team may maintain a copy of the unrevised information in our records to track the data entry into the Study and to assure the integrity of the Study. The information you can view, and update may change as the Site undergoes further development. Please note that any information that is automatically uploaded from the Site cannot later be changed or updated. If you have any questions about viewing or updating information that the Research Team has on file about you, please contact us at support@pridestudy.org or 855-421-9991 (toll-free). 


What choices do I have?

You may stop participating in the Study at any time by withdrawing from the Study on the “Account Settings” page within the Site. As explained further in the Informed Consent Form, choosing to withdraw from the Study means that you will no longer be able to participate in the Study. If you withdraw from the Study, the Research Team will retain all of information about you that was collected prior to that point and will continue to use such information as described in this Privacy Policy. If you have questions about withdrawing, please contact us at support@pridestudy.org or 855-421-9991 (toll-free). 


You may be able to add, update, or delete certain information as explained above. When you update or delete information, the Research Team may maintain a copy of the unrevised information in our records.



The Research Team may use your Personal Information to contact you to ask if you would be willing to participate in additional research opportunities, including linking your Study participant data with other health data.  If you are interested, we will obtain your consent before enrolling you in the other research study and linking your data with your other health data.


What limitations are there on my use of the Site?

When you register for the Study, you choose a unique username and password to visit the Site solely for your personal, non-commercial use in connection with the Study. By visiting the Site, you agree that you will not do anything to interfere with or disrupt the operation of the Site, you agree that you will provide only accurate and current information through the Site, and you agree that you will not impersonate anyone else in your use of the Site. You further agree not to transmit content that you do not have the right to transmit or that infringes the rights of any party, and you agree to use the Site in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. You understand that the Site or portions of it may be subject to patent, copyright, trademark and other intellectual property protections and that the ownership of software and other intellectual property related to the Site, as well the goodwill associated therewith, remains with Stanford or its licensors. You agree that any improvements or other changes to the Site or the Study itself are the sole property of Stanford.


Effective Date and Changes to this Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy is effective as of April 4, 2019. The Research Team may amend this Privacy Policy from time to time. New versions of this Privacy Policy are effective when they are posted to The Site at the following link: http://legal.pridestudy.org/privacy. Unless otherwise stated in an updated version, use of information that the Research Team collects will be subject to the version of the Privacy Policy in effect at the time such information is collected.


Questions or concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the topics addressed in this Privacy Policy, please contact us at support@pridestudy.org or 855-421-9991 (toll-free). 



You understand and agree that nothing accessed through this Site constitutes professional medical advice. Stanford disclaims any representation or warranty, expressed or implied, concerning the accuracy or completeness of the information contained on the Site.


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This Privacy Policy shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws and regulations of the State of California.