Companion Input Android privacy policy

Companion Input is a Market Research data collection program which is intended for use only by trained Market Research interviewers.

Companion Input is used by Market Research interviewers to conduct pre-defined interviews.  The questions are contained in a supplied qpsmrinp file, and are not under the control of the interviewer.

Data Collection and Storage

Only Market Research data is collected by Companion Input as interviews are conducted.

Companion Input can only be used to collect data controlled by a qpsmrinp file produced by a licensed copy of the QPSMR Companion Windows program.

The qpsmrinp files can only be obtained from a secure FTP site and are stored in the private space of the Companion Input program.

The only data which Companion Input collects is the answers to questions entered by the user, under the control of the qpsmrinp file, and is stored as records in the private space of the Companion Input program.

These data records are securely uploaded to an FTP site, which is also controlled by the qpsmrinp file, at the end of interviewing.  Uploaded records are then included in analysis using the QPSMR Companion program.

Companion Input has no access to any files outside its private space.

The data records collected will contain only data entered by the user as a result of the interviewee answering questions with the following optional data:

  • GPS coordinates can be included in the data, but only if requested by the qpsmrinp file and the necessary location permission for Companion Input has been specifically granted by the user in advance.
  • The (login) name only of the user can be included in the data, but only if the necessary account permission for Companion Input has been specifically granted by the user in advance.  Only the name of the account is collected.  This is used to identify the interviewer who conducted the interview.

No data other than interview records is collected or shared by Companion Input.

All interviews should start with disclosure of the organisation conducting the interview.

Consent

Consent to the interview data being collected is implicit in the interviewee agreeing to be interviewed.

Sharing of Data

No third-party programs are used by Companion Input and no data is collected or shared, other than answers to questions asked during the interview.

Sensitive Data Access

No sensitive data is collected by Companion Input unless it is in answer to questions asked during the interview.  It is the responsibility of the organisation conducting the interviews that any sensitive data is properly handled.

It is standard practice in Market Research to collect data anonymously.  No personal identification of the interviewee is automatically collected.