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This website,, is operated to document research being undertaken by Chris Hails with funding provided by InternetNZ.

If you have any questions or concerns about the study please contact Chris via email to

A research FAQ and ethics statement on the project can be viewed online that documents our approach to the study. The majority of information gathered will be collected from anonymous survey participants. Some demographic information around age, gender, education and lifestyle will be sought to help identify potential patterns in survey results.

Volunteers who wish to take part in a follow-on interview can provide an email address for communication and will be asked a further range of questions about their internet activities, technical and computer security abilities and experiences of cyber-enabled threats.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

We only collect personal information from Security Quotient survey participants who volunteer to undertake a follow-on interview. This information includes:

  • name
  • contact information
  • impact of cybercrime

We collect this personal information in order to:

  • progress our research into cyber security

Providing personal information is optional. If survey participants choose not to enter personal information such as their email address for further communication, their survey submissions are treated as anonymous.

We keep all information safe by storing it in encrypted form and only allowing the researcher to view the original data.

We will keep information for the duration of this research project at which point we will securely destroy it by securely erasing all data.

Survey participants who have provided an email address have the right to ask for a copy of any personal information we hold about them, and to ask for it to be corrected if they think it is wrong. For privacy enquiries, please contact us at


We use Google Analytics to identify website visitor activity solely for the purpose of monitoring how many individuals come to read about our research and where they come from.

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