Data collection and privacy policy

By participating in our survey, we will collect some data you provide us with.

Specifically, we will store the data you input in our forms, as well as your Spotify usage data, after you explicitly granted access to this data. The only other data we store is the current date and time. Notably, we do not store any identifying information, such as your IP address or your Spotify username in our database.

What data we collect

The data we collect includes:

Please note again that we do not store your Spotify ID or any other data that could be used to identify you.

Where we store the data

The data will be stored in a database which is secured by a password and IP access filters. We take reasonable security precautions in order to prevent unauthorized access to the database. As stated above, we do not collect identifying information. Thus, even if there would be a databreach, nobody would be able to identify your data among the responses. The data is fully anonymized.

The data will be downloaded and stored on computers of the researchers conducting this study for analysis. The data may be shared with other researchers.

How long we store the data

In order to ensure that researchers can replicate our results, the data will not be deleted after a set time frame.

Right of access, rectification, and erasure

Since there is no way to identify your data in the dataset as it is fully anonymized, we cannot provide you with your data on request, alter it, or delete it.

Responsible body

The head institution conducting this research project is the Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg, Germany. Please see their privacy policy for further information.


If you have any questions, please contact the head researcher of this study:

Dr. Kai Fricke
Helmut-Schmidt-Universität / Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg
Fakultät für Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften
Professur für Persönlichkeitspsychologie und Psychologische Diagnostik
Holstenhofweg 85
22043 Hamburg

Telephone: (040) 6541-2285
E-Mail: fricke [at] hsu [minus] hh [dot] de

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