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Data Policy: Reality Check




Projects want to share their data with citizen science volunteers and the general public
Projects don't always get proper attribution in the form of citations or co-authorship

Data analytics such as the use of cookies and web logs can help gather useful information about website visitors

Privacy policies need to inform website visitors about exactly what data is collected and why.

Projects let anyone who expresses interest become involved

Guidelines such as COPPA legally prohibit websites from gathering certain information from people under 13.

Technologies like Smartphones can record valuable data such as the time and location of a natural observation
Protecting the privacy and security of volunteers is a legitimate legal and ethical concern 

Know of any opportunities for or challenges to designing a really good data policy?  Share them through our discussion forum.

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