Our goal is to educate the public and also to conduct research on moral psychology. We are committed to conducting this research ethically and to protecting your privacy. For example, we will never give out or sell your email address to anyone for any reason.
What we collect
At registration we request that you tell us some information about yourself that will help us to analyze your other responses. We ask you to provide us with an email address because that is a kind of username that people are unlikely to forget. However, you may use any username you like. When you participate in any of our studies you provide responses to questionnaires, or to experiments on moral judgment. We store all of this information on a secure server, protected by a firewall. SSL encryption is used to transfer your email address to our server. The file containing your email address and the files containing your responses to the studies are stored separately, in separate databases with different passwords. and cannot be merged or interpreted by anyone without specialized knowledge of our website. The password you chose is stored in an encrypted form, which means that even we cannot find out what it is. If you forget your password, you will be given the opportunity to reset your password, but we can’t send it because it is stored on our server in a form that we cannot unencrypt.
If you previously submitted your e-mail address and would like to remove it, please contact our webmaster (at) yourmorals (dot) org.
What we will do with your information
To analyze the results of the various studies conducted on YourMorals, we create a variety of merged files which combine the information you gave us at registration with the information you gave us on each study you completed. These files of information from registration does NOT contain your email or password, so these merged files are essentially anonymous. Some of these files will contain IP address information in order to identify usage patterns by country/state and to prevent duplicate submissions, however most IP addresses are not fixed and are traceable only to the organization which provides you with internet access. As a practical matter, it is generally impossible to identify a user with an IP address without the cooperation of an internet service provider, which usually is not given without a subpoena.
These merged files are then sent out to the members of the research consortium that runs YourMorals. At times we might send these files out to other researchers, as part of normal scientific courtesy, if they think that the data in these files could help them to answer scientific questions. But we repeat that these files will not contain any information that could lead anyone to identify the people who provided the data, and we will always strip out IP address information from any file that is sent out beyond our small group of researchers. We will carefully guard your privacy. We plan to keep these merged data files for many years. We might place some of this anonymous numerical data into a “data archive” of the sort that some scientists are trying to create to make it easy for scientists to check each others’ work. We will write up scientific articles that report the results of our studies by reporting the averages and other statistics computed across many people’s data. In the rare cases that we report a quote from text that a participant typed into a text box, we will be certain that such quotes do not reveal the identity of the source.
Web-related information we collect automatically
Like almost all Web sites, we automatically collect information on all requests for pages from our Web server. We collect the IP address of your Internet connection (which generally does not identify you unless your Internet service provider has assigned you a static IP address), the type of browser you used, what you requested, and what was sent. This helps us understand usage of the Web site and allows us to produce aggregate statistics on usage. We may also use common 3rd party services from companies like Google and Facebook to provide aggregated statistics on usage and the ability for our users to share information through social media. These companies may collect data on your use of our site as a result, but none of that information will be linked to any personally identifying information that we collect. If (and only if) you choose to log in using your social media account (e.g., Facebook), we may link data from your profile to your YourMorals.org account.
Security of the data we collect
We take reasonable technical, administrative, and physical precautions to keep your information secure. For example, we store your responses in a password-protected database located in a secure data center. Email address information is stored separately from your responses and requires a separate password to access. When you are logging in or registering or participating in studies, your data is sent via SSL encryption which prevents other people from intercepting the data and identifying you.
We may change this Privacy Statement in the future. If we do, we will post any changes to this page promptly. This statement is effective as of November 7, 2014.