Data policy

You own the data

Electricity load data may seem innocuous, but it can contain a lot of personal information, such as when and for how long you were at home. In combination with the activity information even more personal insights are possible. We therefore treat these data as personal and sensitive.

It is important to us that you remain in charge of the data. If for any reason you become uncomfortable about us holding information from you, you are entitled to ask us to remove the data - no questions asked.

Your consent

You owning the data also means that we will not share data without your consent.

By taking part in this study you consent to your data being used for research purposes. For any additional use, we will ask your consent first.

How we use your data

There are different levels of access we would grant:

  • Your name and address: These will not be shared under any circumstances. We may identify your region based on your post code, but not beyond street level.
  • Your survey information: These will only be used for research and may be made accessible to other researchers. Wider access is only available in aggregated or fragmented form. That means your information is combined with others, such that your individual data cannot be recognised.
  • Your activity information: Researchers will have access to these data. We may also like to share examples of activity data with the public, provided you have given consent explicitly. Otherwise we will only share aggregated data (i.e. combined with enough others that make it impossible to identify individuals).
  • Your load profile: We treat your electricity data with the same level of sensitivity as your activity data.

How we store your data

All of the data we collect, is stored on a secure server within a relational SQL database. Your name and address are stored separately from your survey information and your electricity readings. The only thing that links these data is your ID number.

Ethics

Meter research has been approved by the Central University Research Ethics Committee (CUREC).

Any questions?

If you have questions or concerns about our data policy, please contact: philipp.grunewald@ouce.ox.ac.uk

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