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Várðu - Labor Market Research Institute

1. Personal protection legislation

Varða - The Norwegian Labor Market Research Institute ensures the utmost security in the handling of personal information and operates in all respects in accordance with Act no. 90/2018 on personal protection and processing of personal data, as they are at any given time. Varða also works in accordance with European regulation no. 2016/679 on the protection of individuals in relation to the processing of personal information and on the free sharing of such information. The privacy policy is available on Värda's

2. Collection of information and its use

Várda's role is to promote and create a platform for research in the field of the labor market, social and economic issues based on an agreement between the People's Confederation of Iceland and BSRB. Within this framework, Varða conducts surveys for individual member organizations within both ASÍ and BSRB and, as the case may be, for  other organizations, but also larger surveys at the level of the trade union movement. From the data collected during the surveys, reports are prepared that aim to improve the knowledge of the labor market and people's living conditions in a broad context. Academic articles are also written and published in scientific journals. The results of the surveys carried out on behalf of the trade union movement as a whole are published on Värda's website, In cases where Varða conducts surveys for individual member associations, it delivers a completed report to the relevant party, but never access to the data that has been collected. When processing data, whether for reports or academic articles, it is ensured, with the utmost care, that all personal information that could be traced to individuals is removed. Varða does not collect names or social security numbers. Member associations ASÍ and BSRB send out surveys on behalf of Várda, but do not hand over information about their members to the organization. Varða only stores the email addresses and telephone numbers of the persons who give the organization special permission to send surveys directly to them. Email addresses and telephone numbers of respondents and the answers to the surveys are never saved in the same place.  

3. Preservation of personal information

Varða is working on building an online panel for long-term research into the conditions, health and working environment of wage earners. For that purpose, Varða keeps a list of e-mail addresses and phone numbers of those who have given permission to be in Várða's online panel, along with information about their nationality. Furthermore, information will be stored about the number of surveys that the respective email address has been invited to participate in to prevent the same person from being sent too many surveys. Varða also stores data from its surveys that include information on gender, age, color, ethnic origin, reduced work capacity, sexuality, gender identity, and union membership. However, that information is always separate from the email address list and therefore never personally identifiable. All research data is stored on servers that only Värda staff can access with a password. Värda's staff have signed a confidentiality and non-disclosure agreement. Varða uses the Internet survey service provider Core Data, which meets all requirements for the storage of personally identifiable data according to privacy legislation. 

4. Responsibility for the security of personal information

Varda is responsible for   ensuring the security of all personal information that may be collected about participants, whether it is about participants in online surveys or in individual interviews. Varða never shares personal information about participants  to third parties. 

5. Deletion of personal information

The principle is that personal information will be deleted when it is no longer needed, but at the latest at the end of the calendar year when seven years have passed since its collection. However, this does not apply to the results of Värda's research, which will be preserved longer and in such a way that the information is not personally identifiable. 

6. Your rights

You have the right to and can, at any time, request to withdraw your consent to be on an online panel by sending an email to that effect torannvinn@rannvinn.isand then your email address will be removed from the mailing list.

7. Law and Jurisdiction

This privacy policy is governed by Icelandic law. Disputes that may arise in connection with the privacy policy must be resolved before the Reykjavík District Court if it cannot be resolved in another way.  

8. Changes to Varda's privacy policy

Varða reserves the right to change and update this privacy policy at any time. All such changes will be announced separately on Värda's website. 

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