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Maintaining the privacy of participants is an important consideration for any researcher. This entry discusses the different approaches to privacy adopted by journalists and scholarly researchers. It further explores the role of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) in reviewing research proposals and assessing provisions for the protection of privacy, confidentiality, and anonymity of participants. This entry concludes by discussing specific privacy concerns for investigators conducting health research, organizational consulting, and digital storytelling.

Privacy Concerns in Journalism and Research

In the context of journalistic activities, invasion of privacy can occur when the journalist uses an ordinary person (different from a public figure) in a story without consent and in a way that violates his or her right to be left alone. Privacy law varies considerably from state to state, ...

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