privacy and anonymity
conducting this census, it is essential that student privacy is protected,
and all data is anonymous. We are very pleased to have the support of
goVote, who specialise in conducting Web based voting, ballots and surveys,
with state of the art encryption and other critical security and privacy
features that will ensure the whole process is up to the most intense
scrutiny. Any questions pertaining to this area of the project should
be directed to Anthony Harradine.
Some of the security and privacy features of the goVote system are listed
student will have an individual session with the secure goVote
provides 128 bit session encryption, to ensure that what is sent to
goVote gets to goVote and cannot be intercepted.
data will be sent via e-mail.
student particulars are sent to govote, and none of the questions
in the survey require students to identify themselves. Students authenticate
themselves by using individual PIN numbers.
students who present a valid PIN will be able to download the survey,
and each PIN will only allow one completed survey form to be submitted.
will automatically time out after a pre-determined period and students
will have to re enter their PIN.
the moment the student presses the 'submit' button, their responses
will be anonymous.
responses are cleared from the student's screen immediately after they
submit, so that nobody can see what they submitted.
are immediately cleared from the cache of the student's browser, so
that nobody can use the 'back' button to see what they submitted.
goVote system processes PINs separately from the responses, and
it is impossible to correlate these two sets of data.
goVote system does not record the IP address of the sending machine.
student will receive an individual receipt on line, to confirm that
their submission has been received, and all receipts will be published
after the census, so that students can verify that their submission
has been counted.