Data protection

Protecting your privacy

All personal information would be treated with anonymity and confidentiality. It would not be possible to identify you from the observation notes, focus group or interview transcripts. The recordings and transcripts would be stored in anonymised form without any identifying information in a password-protected file space on the University of Exeter’s IT system.

Data storage and security measures would be in line with relevant data protection law (data management plan available on request). The recordings would be destroyed upon award of the PhD. If you wish to withdraw your consent for overall participation in the research, you can request for your audio-recording and/ or transcript to be deleted at any point during or after data collection, but prior to publication of results.

Measures are in place to mitigate potential risks of using remote technologies (see Table A).

The project has been reviewed and approved by the College of Life and Environmental Sciences – Geography Ethics Committee at the University of Exeter (application ID: eCLESGeo000435).

Protecting judicial independence

Measures are in place to mitigate potential risks that might arise specifically in relation to judicial participation in the research (see Table B); safeguarding measures include:

  1. Ensuring that research participants would not be identified in any reports.
  2. Giving members of the judiciary opportunity to comment upon reports prior to publication.
  3. Providing members of the judiciary with a list of questions that do not seek comment on the merits of government policy or individual cases.

The Senior President of Tribunals has agreed to members of the Tribunals Judiciary participating in the research following consideration of a formal request for judicial participation in the project.