Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy for “The Big 5 Experiment on Twitter Usage”

This privacy policy sets out how “The Online Privacy Foundation” uses and protects any information that is obtained from your Facebook profile when you use this application.

“The Online Privacy Foundation” is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Information collected will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

“The Online Privacy Foundation” may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 20th January 2012.

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please feel free to contact us at

Opting in

We don’t collect any data at all until you agree to participate by signing into the Twitter application (See screen shot below).


The screen you see after clicking ‘Sign In With Twitter’Data is only collected AFTER you sign in

We only request access to

This application will not be able to:

What we collect

In order to determine whether there’s a link between Twitter activity and personality types we analyse data such as:

What we do with the information we gather

The information we collect will be used in statistical analysis to see whether its possible to determine personality traits from Twitter activity.

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personally identifiable information to third parties unless we are required by law to do so.

Data is initially collected on servers located in the United States and is then transfered to a server in the United Kingdom for analysis. Data is encrypted both in transit and at rest.


We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place reasonable physical and electronic controls to secure the information we collect.

Access to personal information is tightly controlled to ensure unauthorised parties do not have access.

How we use cookies

We use a session cookie to ensure that only authorised users, that is users who have signed in to the application via Twitter, can submit answers to the questionnaire.

No personal information is stored in this cookie. All that is stored is a Session Identifier.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites such as Twitter, Facebook and Amazon. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

We at The Online Privacy Foundation encourage you to be intimately familiar with Twitter’s privacy policy located at

Controlling your personal information

We will not use your personal information to send you promotional information.

You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. A small fee will be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please email us at

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, we will address those concerns in a timely fashion.

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