Oddly enough, although UW is emailing us regularly about concerns with Zoom, the UW IRB had no trouble with it. It may be because they don't consider the data we intend to collect to be particularly sensitive (???). They did ask us to include the following in our consent:"This study will be conducted using a third-party application called Zoom. Zoom uses software to encrypt video calls to aid in the protection of users' privacy. Although researchers will make every effort to maintain confidentiality, it cannot be guaranteed when using Zoom because the researchers cannot control the security of the software. The study session will be recorded using Zoom's recording feature. Following completion of the study session, videos will be uploaded and stored on secure servers."The only significant concern our IRB raised was about how we would handle it if an individual who was not on the consent form came into the camera's view during the study. They had us add this to the consent and protocol: "We will only collect data from about those listed on the consent form. If someone not on the consent form enters the frame of the study, we will not collect data from them. Further, we will either edit them out of the recording of the session (if possible) or not retain the recording of the session (if it is not possible to edit them out)."
Thanks Hyo, that's really helpful. I haven't done this kind of work, but has anyone looked in to what would count as anonymizing video data? I expect there is software that can blur faces... maybe even use a zoom custom background to eliminate any location cues.
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