Apple Research App & Privacy

The Apple Research app is designed to protect your information and enable you to choose what you share.

  • Any information collected or accessed by the Apple Research app is stored in encrypted form if you have a passcode on your iOS device. Research data may include your demographic information, health information, and sensor and usage data from your iOS and watchOS devices.
  • Information from the Apple Research app will be shared with a study only after you have joined that study by signing the consent(s) for that study and authorised in the Apple Research app the information that the study may collect or access.
  • If you choose to share your information with Apple as part of a study, your information will be encrypted when transferred to and stored on Apple servers. Apple will not be able to read any information which directly identifies you (such as your name, email address and phone number) that is collected through the Apple Research app.
  • You can manage the collection and use of your information for each study you are enrolled in, and you can stop sharing data with any study anytime.

The Apple Research app allows you to find, enrol and participate in Apple research studies using your iPhone, including allowing you to share certain information collected by your iOS, watchOS and other devices. This text describes and governs the privacy protections of the Apple Research app.

You can manage the collection and use of your information, including your personal information, for each study you are enrolled in. Any information collected or accessed by the Apple Research app is stored in encrypted form if you have a passcode on your iOS device.

Information from the Apple Research app will be shared with a study only after you have joined that study by signing the consent(s) for that study and authorised in the Apple Research app the information that the study may collect or access. If you choose to share your information with Apple as part of a study, your information will be encrypted when transferred to and stored on Apple servers. Apple will not be able to read any information which directly identifies you (such as your name, email address and phone number) that is collected through the Apple Research app.

Research data collected or accessed by the Apple Research app may include:

Research Profile Information: You will be asked to complete a research profile in the Apple Research app which includes information such as your name, email address, phone number and date of birth. You must provide this profile information before you can participate in any study that is run within the Apple Research app. Your profile information may be used to determine whether you are eligible for certain studies. This processing of your profile information for study eligibility purposes will be done on-device. Apple will not have access to your contact information or your full date of birth.

Demographic Information: You will also be asked to provide certain demographic information such as sex and ethnicity. You are not required to provide any demographic information before participating in a study. Your demographic information may be used to determine whether you are eligible for certain studies. This processing of your demographic information for study eligibility purposes will be done on device.

Health App Information: If you have information in your Health app, you can choose to share that information with certain studies. This information may include your health records, body measurements, vitals and reproductive health information such as menstrual cycle length and related symptoms.

Sensor & Usage Data: This additional sensor and device usage information is available only to research study apps that have been reviewed by a research ethics committee. This additional sensor data is derived from iOS and watchOS sensors, such as the accelerometer or electrical heart sensor, and may be more detailed or higher resolution than available to other apps. Usage data is information about how you use and interact with your iOS and watchOS devices and software.

You can control the Sensor & Usage Data you share with each study you join in the Apple Research app. Sensor & Usage Data collected as part of a study within the Apple Research app is stored in the app on your iOS devices for approximately one day before the data is shared with any approved study. During this period, you may delete data from the Apple Research app and it will not be shared with any study. Additionally, Sensor & Usage Data is also stored in the Apple Research app for seven days. After seven days, it will be deleted from the Apple Research app and will not be shared with any studies you later authorise.

You can stop sharing any data collected or accessed through the Apple Research app with any study within the Apple Research app at any time by going to the Study Data tab and following the onscreen instructions.

You also can stop participating in any study anytime. You can withdraw from a study that is run within the Apple Research app by going to the Studies tab. Note that deleting or offloading the Apple Research app will only pause data collection and sharing — not withdraw you from a study.

Information stored in your Apple Research app may not reflect your complete medical history and should not be used as a substitute for your official health records or any professional medical judgment. You should consult your healthcare provider prior to making any decisions related to your health. Information stored in your Apple Research app also may not reflect your complete study records. You should consult the contacts listed in the consent for each study if you have any questions about your study records.

At all times, information received by Apple from your use of the Apple Research app or any of the features enabled through the Apple Research app will be treated in accordance with Apple’s Health Study Apps Privacy Policy which can be found at www.apple.com/au/privacy.

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