U-gnostic: Terms and Privacy


You are invited to participate in a research study of collective identity. You volunteered to participate in an online Facebook application game and optional survey(s). Please read this form and ask any questions you may have before agreeing to be in the study. This research is intended for individual 18 years of age or older. If you are under age 18, please do not proceed any further.

The study is being conducted by Johan Bollen of Indiana University Bloomington, School of Informatics and Computing. The research staff will protect your data from disclosure to people not connected with the study.

 I have read and agree to the informed consent below 


The purpose of this study is to study how people feel about who they are and how they relate to the groups they feel they belong to.


If you agree to be in the study, you will do the following things:
  1. You can agree to participate in the study after having read the materials provided in an information sheet that will include this document. These materials tell you about the purpose of the study, our procedures, the data we collect, how we intend to use the data, and what we provide to you.
  2. After having read and agreeing to participate you can follow a link to our Facebook login procedure. You can use your Facebook account to login to our study. This login procedure will provide you with clear information about which of your Facebook data our app will need to harvest and will request your explicit permission to do so.
  3. After you login using your Facebook account, our app will harvest the data for which you consented.
  4. In addition to the Facebook emoji game, you will be invited to take a few simple surveys that will ask you questions about your feelings and ideas about identity. The survey questions are general and contain at most a few tens of questions.
  5. The app will use what it learns from your Facebook content to provide you with an report of your "emoji personality". For example, on review of the topics you discuss, the words that you use, and the things that you like, our app may describe you using emojis such as 😻 or ⚽.
  6. After the app makes it analysis, it will present you with the results. These results will be very general, in the form of an image that highlights the emoji symbols the app has estimated. There will be no specific individual information included.
  7. If you like the outcome of the analysis, you may be invited to share the results on your Facebook wall, with a link inviting your friends to participate.
  8. All data collected, i.e. your survey answers and your FB content, will be stored and used in later scientific analysis. However, our analysis is focused on the aggregate level, not on individuals. We will automatically and immediately anonymize and encrypt all data we received and store it under stringent security requirements. Under no circumstances will we release any of your data without your consent. We will not store any data that has not been fully anonymized and encrypted, and access will be limited only to carefully vetted individuals that our part of our team and subject to IRB approval.


While completing the survey, you can stop at any time, close the app, and/or refuse to answer any questions.


There are no direct benefits to participation. We hope that you might learn something interesting or amusing about your personality and identity as it is revealed from your survey answers and your Facebook content.


Instead of being in the study, you have the options of simply ignoring it and not participating.


You will not receive payment for taking part in this study, but we might provide interesting or amusing feedback.


Efforts will be made to keep your personal information confidential. We will save anonymous data by removing personal identifiers, such as your name, FB name, emails, etc, and replacing them by unique identifiers that can not be traced back to you. Any saved data will be encrypted so that it can only be accessed by vetted members of our team. Saved data will be stored on servers that use state-of-the-art security measures to prevent unauthorized access. No individual or personal data will ever be published or made available without your explicit consent.
We cannot guarantee absolute confidentiality. Your personal information may be disclosed if required by law. Your identity will be held in confidence in reports in which the study may be published and databases in which results may be stored.
Organizations that may inspect and/or copy your research records for quality assurance and data analysis include groups such as the study investigator and his/her research associates, the Indiana University Institutional Review Board or its designers, and (as allowed by law) state or federal agencies, who may need to access your research records.


For questions about the study, contact the researcher, Johan Bollen. Please email jbollen@indiana.edu. For questions about your rights as a research participant, to discuss problems, complaints, or concerns about a research study, or to obtain information or offer input, contact the IU Human Subjects Office at 1-812-856-4242, 1-800-696-2949, or irb@iu.edu.


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This application will have access to your posts but won't share anything on your timeline without your permission.