Terms & Conditions

Any transaction concluded between you and GDS via GDS’s website, www.globaldrugsurvey.com or www.drugsmeter.com (“the Websites”) is subject to your acceptance of GDS’s terms and conditions as stated below:

1. GDS reserves the right to change these terms and conditions at any time. Any change will take immediate effect as soon as it is posted on the Website.

2. All contracts concluded between you and GDS will be governed by the law of England. In the event of a dispute, the matter shall be resolved in the courts of England.

3. Any communication to GDS, including any notification, query or complaint, should be addressed to GDS at:

GDS
E-mail: info@globaldrugsurvey.com

Global Drug Survey’s Privacy Policy

1. Global Drug Survey (GDS) values the right to privacy and this Privacy Policy (“the Policy”) demonstrates GDS’s firm commitment to the promotion and protection of this fundamental right.

1.1 This Policy seeks to explain GDS’s personal information collection and dissemination practices, and the measures implemented for the protection of your privacy.

1.2 In the event of reform or amendment to the law, GDS may change the Policy. Any amendment to the Policy will be posted on this website www.globaldrugsurvey.com or at www.drugsmeter.com (“the Website“).

2. GDS will have access to information generated as a consequence of you browsing the Websites or participating in the drugs meter (www.drugsmeter.com), including personal information that GDS may require to enable the provision of services and conclusion of contractual transactions between you and GDS.

3. The Websites are hosted and maintained by a third party on GDS’s behalf on a remote server. Further, GDS has outsourced to a third party the collection of any financial payments for transactions concluded via the Websites. Both these parties (the “Third Parties“) will have access to information transmitted as a consequence of browsing and concluding transactions on the Website.

3.1 The Third Parties’ right to access information is strictly governed by a written contract between GDS and the Third Parties.

3.2 The Third Parties are not authorised to access or process information for any purpose other than to discharge their contractual obligations to Release.

3.3 The Third Parties are not authorised to use information for their personal marketing purposes.

4.1 Except as stated at clause 3 above and 4.2 below, GDS will not sell, trade, rent or disclose any information to parties for any purpose without your prior consent.

4.2 GDS may disclose information without your prior consent in the case of an emergency which compels such disclosure or if GDS is obliged to do so by operation of law.

5. GDS may use information to provide the services requested by you.

5.1 Unless otherwise indicated, may be retained and used by GDS for the purpose of GDS’s own direct marketing only.

5.2 If, having submitted your personal information, you do not wish to receive any direct marketing materials from Release, please let us know by sending an e-mail to info@globaldrugsurvey.com or writing to us on 124-128 City Road London EC1V 2NJ. You may do this at any time after submitting your personal information.

6. GDS aims to maintain all information collected and processed as accurately as possible. If you would like to review or amend the details you have provided, please contact GDS.

7. Personal and financial information processed by Release for any purpose shall not be held for longer than is necessary for that purpose.

8. Global Drug Survey is registered with the data protection agency in the UK. In compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998, for the protection of privacy, GDS implements strict security procedures for the storage and disclosure of information transmitted to GDS. These procedures are intended to protect information from unauthorised access, modification, loss and destruction. Release uses industry standard practices to safeguard confidentiality. However, GDS cannot guarantee secure transmission of information over the Internet.

9. GDS will not be held liable for the contents, privacy statements and practices of other websites that are, accessible from the Websites. GDS recommends that you read the privacy statements of each site accessed. Links made available on the Websites should not be taken as an endorsement of the contents and views contained in those websites.

10. Under the Data Protection Act 1998 you are entitled, upon written request and payment of a fee, to be given a description of all personal information held by GDS about you, the purposes for which this is being held or processed and the recipients to whom this may be disclosed, subject to Sections 7 and 8 of the Data Protection Act 1998.

11. Despite GDS’s best efforts to prevent unsolicited e-mail (‘spam’) being sent to you, spam may sometimes get through. GDS does not send spam and views spam as a serious violation of privacy and a misuse of the Internet. If you receive spam from an address bearing the domain name “globaldrugsurvey.com”, please contact GDS. GDS will endeavour to trace the source and take reasonable steps to try and prevent further spam being sent to you from that source.

12. If at any time you have any questions or concerns about GDS’s privacy commitment please contact GDS by e-mailing info@globaldrugsurvey.com, writing to 124-128 City Road London EC1V 2NJ or calling GDS on 0207 324 3537.

13. Other individuals who have access to a computer that you have used may be able to discover what websites you have browsed by accessing its computer history file or cache file. We explain below how you can try and prevent such information from being found. However, there is no guarantee that such measures will be successful:

13.1 E-mail — Ensure that your e-mail account is secure by choosing an alphanumeric password.

13.2 History/cache file — To empty the cache file:

13.2.1 Netscape: Pull down 'Edit' menu, select 'Preferences'. Click on 'Navigator' and choose 'Clear History'. Click on 'Advanced' then select 'Cache'. Click on 'Clear Disk Cache'. On older versions, pull down 'Options' menu, select 'Network Options', select 'Cache' and then click on 'Clear Disk Cache'.

13.2.2 Internet Explorer: Pull down 'Tools' menu and select 'Internet Options'. On the 'General' page, under 'Temporary Internet Files', click on 'Delete Files'. Under 'History', click on 'Clear History'.

Privacy statement

Thank you for taking part in our Global Drug Survey.

1 Your data is anonymous.

2 We promise to protect your privacy and treat the information you give us as confidential.

3 The information you provide will be used to generate data reports for our media partners, academic researchers and organisations promoting the pubic health and well being of drugs users. A subset of your data will be used to contribute to the Drugs meter database that provides objective, comparative, immediate feedback on an individuals drug use.

4 We will never try to sell you anything and we will never sell your personal data to anyone. That is not our business. We are a data mapping agency that provides data reports on drug use patterns to communities, organisations and individuals with the aim of informing the decisions they make promote health and reduce harm.

5 Your decisions about participating in this study, responding to specific questions, or discontinuing participation will be respected without question.

6 We only collect personal contact details if you wish to provide them.

7 Where you have provided your email address or mobile number expressing your interest in taking part in research, this data is stored on a separate server and will only be linked in cases where Global Drug Survey is approaches by an academic institution requesting research subjects to participate in ethically approved studies. Your personal details are deleted after 12 months.

8 We will not release your personal information to any third party unless you have already provided your consent to have your contact details shared with academic research organisations.

Your privacy is important to us

The research that Global Drug Survey performs serves an important function in society. That we share out findings with our media partners ensures that the findings are fed back to the community that supported the survey without government censure and without significant delay. We also display key findings on our website and links to published reports and academic papers.

We believe that the data reports we provide and our capacity to track drug use patterns over time and across cultures will allow public health providers, communities and individuals to make better decisions.

As a participant in this Global Drug Survey, you are contributing to what will become the biggest data bank on drug use in the world. We will only share data reports with organisations whose explicit mission is to promote the health and well-being of those who use drugs. We will always state who our media or organisational partners are.

Global Drug Survey generates its income through running surveys, providing data reports and the selling of the Drugmeter app.

We will never misrepresent ourselves or what we are doing.

We have developed rigorous privacy standards that are set out in our detailed privacy policy. Several members of Global Drug Survey hold academic positions at universities and in most cases our Global Drug Surveys receive ethical approval from one or more University ethics committees enabling more credible research and the publication of our findings in the academic arena. For further details on which ethics boards have provides approval for which studies please contact us at info@globaldrugsurveys.com or by calling us at +44 (0) 207-3243536.

Privacy Policy

Date created: (19/09/2011)

Last revised: (1/10/2011)

1. The information that we collect

When Global Drug Survey conducts online research, our invitations and questionnaires clearly identify who we are and our collaborating partners and the purpose of the survey, including how your data will be used.

When you take part in a Global Drug Survey we want you to understand the following:

1. The information you provide will be used to generate data reports for our media partners, academic researchers and organisations promoting the pubic health and well being of drugs users.

2. A subset of your data will be used to contribute to the Drugs meter database that provides objective, comparative, immediate feedback on an individuals drug use. If do not wish to have a subset of your data added to the drugs meter database you may chose to opt out.

3. If you have chosen to submit contact details these are stored on a separate secure server*.

4. All our data is stored on a secure, encrypted website and backed up every 24 hours.

5. We may use geographical locater software to allow us to present the contact details of relevant health providers in your area.

6. When you participate in a Global Drug Survey although we not ask for any personal identifiable information*we do ask you for your age, gender, sexual orientation, employment status and country/city of location so we can allow you to tailor your feedback so you can compare yourselves to a peer group of your choice.

2. Confidentiality of survey responses and contact information

We combine your survey responses in a given survey with the responses of all others who participate and report those combined responses as a depersonalised data report to our media partner of other organisational collaborator. We will never report your individual survey responses.

Your survey responses may be collected, stored or processed by GDS for a number of purposes most commonly data reports for our media partners, public health organisations and academic institutions both within and outside the UK.

In addition to keeping your survey responses confidential, we will never sell, share, rent or otherwise intentionally transfer your name, address, telephone number or e-mail address to anyone else.

The only exceptions when we may disclose your personal information or survey responses to third parties are as follows

1. You request or consent to sharing your identifying information and individual responses with the third parties for a specified purpose;

2. In the rare but possible circumstance that the information is subject to disclosure pursuant to judicial or other government subpoenas, warrants, orders or for similar legal or regulatory requirements.

3. Use of cookies, log files and other technologies on our website

Cookies are small text files stored on your computer by a website that assigns a numerical user ID and stores certain information about your online browsing. We use cookies on our survey site to help us provide you a better experience and to provide quality control and validation functions. No personal information is stored on any cookie that we use.

This site uses Flash Local Shared Objects (LSO), also known as "Flash cookies" to store some of your preferences, to display content based upon what you view, to personalise your visit, to combat fraud that endangers the quality of research, or to otherwise track your behaviour and activities across multiple visits to the site. We use Flash cookies strictly for research purposes only.

Flash cookies are different from browser cookies because of the amount and type of data stored and how the data are stored. The latest versions of popular browsers now allow internet users to manage Flash cookies using browser privacy settings or downloading add-ons.

If your browser does not support these features, then you can manage privacy and storage settings for Flash cookies or disable their use entirely by visiting Macromedia’s website, the manufacturer of Flash Player, at the following link:

Adobe - Flash Player : Settings Manager

Like most web sites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information includes IP (Internet Protocol) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp and clickstream data. We use this information to analyse trends, to administer our site, to track users’ movements around our site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. To protect against fraud, we may link this automatically-collected data to information submitted at www.globaldrugsurvey.com

Security of personal information

We inform our employees about our policies and procedures regarding confidentiality, security and privacy, and we emphasise the importance of complying with them. Our security procedures are consistent with generally accepted commercial standards used to protect personal information.

6. Access to personal information

Note to researchers: In Europe, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and other jurisdictions that have comprehensive privacy laws, individuals have a statutory right to access their personal information that is held by organisations, subject to certain conditions. Individuals’ access rights also apply to U.S. companies who participate in the U.S.-EU Safe Harbour Framework.

To request access to personal information that we hold about you, we require that you submit your request in writing at the e-mail address or postal address shown below (in How to reach us). You may be able to access your personal information and correct, amend or delete it where it is inaccurate, except as follows:

1. Providing access to your personal information would be likely to reveal personal information about others;

2. Disclosing the information would reveal the confidential commercial information of (insert name of firm) or its clients.

3. The burden or expense of providing access would be disproportionate to the risks to your privacy in the case in question.

We will endeavour to provide your requested personal information within 30 days of receiving your access request. If we cannot fulfil your request, we will provide you with a written explanation of why we had to deny your access request.

7. Notification of material changes to this policy

If we make a material change to this policy or our privacy practices, we will post a prominent notice on this site for 30 calendar days prior to the implementation of the material change and describe how individuals may exercise any applicable choice. Following the implementation of the material change, we will record at the introduction of this policy when the policy was last revised.

8. How to contact us

Questions regarding this policy, complaints about our practices and access requests should be directed to the (insert company name) Privacy Officer via e-mail at (insert email address) or by mail at (insert mailing address).

We will investigate all complaints and attempt to resolve those that we find are justified. If necessary, we will amend our policies and procedures to ensure that other individuals do not experience the same problem.

(Note to researchers: If your firm participates in TRUSTe’s privacy program or another third-party privacy credentialing service, then mention that fact here. TRUSTe, for example, provides a dispute resolution service which they require their members to include in their privacy policies.)