Data Protection

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Data Protection is at the centre of scientific research.

All the information ASYFAIR collects is strictly confidential, and all researchers working on the study will respect the participants’ privacy. Some of the data that we collect from participants may be sensitive data, and we will therefore store it and treat it carefully.

All collected data will be fully anonymised. This anonymised data will be used to write academic research that will be published in academic journals and discussed at academic conferences. In addition, as the study aims to improve asylum adjudication, we may use anonymised data to present to policy makers, the public and the media.

We will ensure that there will be no information in published research or in the data available to other researchers in the future that would lead to participants being identified. Collected data will neither be passed to asylum decision makers or employers, nor impact on participants’ private lives or professional work.

Anonymised research information will be kept on a secure data archive for ten years because of requirements by the University of Exeter. After this time it will be securely disposed of. This data will be anonymised and will not include any information that could identify participants to others, and will not contain any personal contact details of participants.

We only use personal data in the ways described in the handed-out information sheet, with the participant’s consent, and for carrying out research in the public interest, in accordance with current Data Protection legislation. We do not share personal data with anyone outside the ASYFAIR research team, and we do not transfer personal data to a country outside of the European Economic Area (and the UK) unless that country ensures an adequate level of protection.

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All collected data, data analysis and data storage are subject to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679.



If you have any concerns about data protection, please contact the ASYFAIR team or the data protection officer at the University of Exeter (