The security measures follows the Helsinki treaty and its most recent update as well as European guidance on conductance of health related research.
More specifically, in the design and implementation of the systems and for the technological equipment the following measures have been adopted:
OPERA uses a validated questionnaire carefully respecting the anonymity and privacy of data in accordance to the European directive 2002/58/CE of the European Parliament and the recent GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) - 2016/679. Furthermore, all the information gathered is analysed and reported as grouped data. Completed questionnaires are individually examined and no attempt is made to identify respondents. Data will be stored for 5 years and used for further analyses and benchmarking.
The data collected through the OPERA Census is protected by the statistical confidentiality referred to in art. 9 of the legislative decree n. 322/1989 and the Code regarding the protection of personal data pursuant to Legislative Decree no. 196/2003.
These data may be used, also for subsequent processing, exclusively for statistical purposes by the subjects of the C.O.ME. Foundation and may also be communicated for the purposes of scientific research under the conditions and according to the procedures laid down by the Annex. A3 of the Code regarding the protection of personal data (Legislative Decree No. 196/2003).
The same data will be disseminated in an aggregated form, so that it is not possible to trace the subjects who supply them or to whom they refer.
The holder of the processing of personal data is the Non-profit Foundation C.O.ME. Collaboration, Via A. Vespucci 188, 65125 Pescara, Italy. The person responsible for the statistical processing and processing of personal data collected as part of the experimental surveys is the President of the Non-profit Foundation C.O.ME. Collaboration, to which it is also possible to apply for the exercise of the rights of the interested parties.