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Ethical Considerations in Internet Surveys 1

WithEleanor Singer

This chapter reviews general ethical principles applicable to all surveys, including those done on the Internet, with special reference to how Internet administration affects their implementation. The data come from an experiment embedded in a survey administered to members of the Longitudinal Internet Studies for the Social sciences panel. The panel is a probability-based online panel designed to represent the adult population of the Netherlands. Online survey paradata are generally of two types. The first type consists of characteristics of a respondent’s browser captured from the server logs when they visit the survey Web page. The second type is information collected about the respondent’s behavior on each Web page of the survey. The National Institute of Justice also makes confidentiality certificates available for criminal justice research supported by agencies of the Justice Department. Most Internet surveys can detect information about the respondent without respondent knowledge. Browser type, user name and computer identification are amongst the list of detectable information.