The Healthcare Worker Exposure Response and Outcomes (HERO) Registry Study (the "Study") is funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute ("PCORI") and the Study is sponsored by the Duke Clinical Research Institute ("DCRI").
Specifically, the services that Verily is providing to the Study relate to use of Verily's Project Baseline Platform. The Baseline Platform is a secure and protected solution that allows the Study to engage with and collect data directly from participants.
To use the Baseline Platform and provide secure authentication for participant accounts, participants must create a secure Google account using an email address of their choice. Participants may use their preferred email account (e.g., Yahoo, AOL, Gmail). There is no requirement to use Gmail to create this secure account, and a Google account is not the same thing as a Gmail (email) account.
Regardless of your choice, none of your information collected through the Study will be linked to your Google account, or used by Verily or Google for non-research related activities, including advertising.
Verily is supporting the Study by providing certain products and services, which may include the website and portal at https://baseline.google.com/enroll/begin/hero_registry (the "Website") and the related smartphone application, Project Baseline App, available for download through Google PlayTM or the App Store®, as applicable (the "App" and, together with the Website, the "Tools").
As further described below, Verily may leverage service providers to perform certain activities on our behalf, including but not limited to Google. In its capacity as our service provider, Google's access to data is strictly limited to the purpose of providing such services, and may not be used by Google for other activities, like advertising. Verily's access to and use of data is also strictly limited to the purpose of providing such services, and may not be used for other activities, including advertising. All the data provided by individuals participating in the HERO program are stored separately and not directly linked to a user’s Google Account, which is used for authentication purposes.
What Information Can Verily Use?
When you access and use the Services, Verily may collect information about your usage. Such general usage information is not intended to personally identify you and Verily will make no attempt to identify users based on the usage information collected. Usage information collected may include:
- The type of device you use to access the Services;
- The date and time you access the Services;
- The type of web browser you use to access the Services, as applicable; and
- The sections within the Services that you access.
Verily uses Google Analytics (which collects information about site usage) and allows Verily to receive information about general site usage statistics.
No Advertising Uses
Verily's collection, use and disclosure of your information is strictly limited to the purposes described in this Section, and may not be used for other activities, like advertising.
Use of Service Providers
Verily leverages certain technology and services from Google, including cloud services, security services, data storage, website hosting and other support functions. Google’s access to data is strictly limited to the purpose of providing such services to Verily. Your data collected through the Services will never be joined with your data stored in Google products.