There is no simple definition of research ethics and privacy, and this guide is not a complete overview of ethics and privacy issues. Ethics and privacy go hand-in-hand and are interconnected. Ethics relate to your ethical conduct when working within a specific research area, and privacy refers to the need and obligation to keep research data protected, so that the subjects are protected.
Working with personal data is guarded with much control from authorities, ethics boards etc. You should always consult those funding your research project, your university, and legislation on the matter in order clarify what rules that apply to you.
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