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Obtaining informed consent from the research participants will cover the main principles of the Data Protection Act.

If you are going to tell participants that their data will be anonymous it is important to qualify exactly what you mean by this. Even if you are not collecting their names and contact details it is possible that participants could be identified through the other information collected. For example if your participants are from a fairly small group, eg people with a rare disease or students on a specific module, and you are also collecting other information such as ethnicity and gender then participants could be identifiable from this combination.

It is also important that you make it clear to participants that they can withdraw at any time if this is the case.

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