HERO Registry Privacy Policy Specific to Use of the Verily Project Baseline Platform

HERO Registry Study Privacy Policy Last Updated: April 16, 2020

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").

One of the companies that the DCRI has hired to provide services in support of the Study is Verily Life Sciences LLC ("Verily"), an Alphabet company and sister company of Google. Given the sensitive nature of information that may be shared with the Study, this privacy policy is intended to clarify the role of Verily and Google in the Study, and the protections that are in place to protect you and your information.

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.



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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").

Verily values and is committed to protecting the privacy and security of your information gathered in connection with the Study. This HERO Registry Privacy Policy only applies to information that Verily may collect through the Tools and other related products and services (collectively, the "Services"). Your use of the Services, inclusive of the Tools, is subject to the Verily Privacy Policy, except in cases where there is a conflict between the Verily Privacy Policy and this HERO Registry Privacy Policy, in which case this HERO Registry Privacy Policy will prevail to the extent of such conflict.

Please read this HERO Registry Privacy Policy carefully. We want you to understand what data we collect from you when you use the Services, and how we use and disclose such data. Using the Services is voluntary and, by accessing or using the Services, you acknowledge that: (i) you have read and understand the Verily Privacy Policy and this supplemental HERO Registry Privacy Policy; (ii) you understand that your access to and use of the Services are subject to the Verily Privacy Policy, Verily Terms of Service and this supplemental HERO Registry Privacy Policy; and (iii) you understand our practices for collection and use of your data as described in the Verily Privacy Policy and this supplemental HERO Registry Privacy Policy. In the event of any conflict between the Verily Privacy Policy, Verily Terms of Service or Google privacy statement (further described below) and this supplemental HERO Registry Privacy Policy, this HERO Registry Privacy Policy will prevail to the extent of such conflict.

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.
  • Google Analytics

    Verily uses Google Analytics (which collects information about site usage) and allows Verily to receive information about general site usage statistics.

    In order for Google Analytics to function, when you use the Services, Google will drop cookies. Information collected by Google Analytics when you use the Services, and the way it is used, is described in the applicable Google privacy statement. Again, in the event of any conflict between the Google privacy statement and this HERO Registry Privacy Policy, this HERO Registry Privacy Policy will prevail to the extent of such conflict, including as related to advertising.

  • 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

In addition to the general description included within the Verily Privacy Policy, Verily may share your information with certain service providers engaged to perform services on our behalf, including but not limited to services from Google, as further described below.

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.

Changes to Our Privacy Policy

From time to time, we may update and post revisions to this HERO Registry Privacy Policy. Any changes will be effective immediately upon the posting of the revised HERO Registry Privacy Policy, after any review period required by DCRI or the applicable institutional review board (IRB), or after any notice period required by law, whichever is later. We encourage you to review this page periodically for the latest information on our privacy practices. This HERO Registry Privacy Policy was updated as of the date listed below.

Conflicts

In the event of any conflict between the Verily Privacy Policy, Verily Terms of Service or Google privacy statement and this supplemental HERO Registry Privacy Policy, this HERO Registry Privacy Policy will prevail to the extent of such conflict.