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-- Training of all project staff in confidentiality protection
-- Limit the number of project staff with access to any identifying information
-- In-depth data from interviews will be stored in mp3 format and voices of all participants will be modified using Voxal Voice Changer software
-- Data will be stored on secured, encrypted computers and beyond institutional firewalls, accessible via VPN channels.
-- I will also need to argue to the IRB that collection of data on alters is necessary for network research, and it is will be practically impossible to seek consent from all alters in the study, hence consent need to be waived for alters (secondary subjects).
Are these the standard protections that need to be taken? I would appreciate comments and these plans, and any recent experiences (beyond 2005) of how SNA researchers deal with IRB issues.
Thanks in advance - Noela