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To protect investigators and institutions from being forced to release information that would identify research participants.
Certificates of Confidentiality can be used for biomedical, behavioral, clinical, or other types of research that are considered sensitive, i.e., disclosing identifying information that could have adverse consequences for subjects.
Sensitive research activities include collecting the following:
Some projects are ineligible for a Certificate of Confidentiality, e.g., those that do not collect personally identifiable information; those that collect information which, if disclosed, would not significantly harm or damage the participant.
Anyone collecting sensitive information from human subjects may apply for a Certificate of Confidentiality.
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