Confidentiality is one of the most important considerations in conducting our research. Multiple safeguards are in place to protect the confidentiality of your research records. Your records and samples are identified only by a study number. Your name and other identifying information will be stored separately in a place restricted to authorized study personnel, and are only used to enable us to recontact you.. You will never be identified in any publications or presentations about the study. These safeguards are designed to minimize any risk to participants from the loss of privacy.
To further help us protect your privacy, we have obtained a Certificate of Confidentiality issued by the National Cancer Institute on behalf of the U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. The Certificate protects against the involuntary release of information about you collected during the course of this study (although such information can be released voluntarily, if you or your guardian requests it in writing). With this Certificate, the researchers involved in this project cannot be forced to disclose information that may identify you, even by a court subpoena, in any federal, state or local civil, criminal, administrative, legislative, or other proceedings. The researchers will use the Certificate to resist any demands for information that would identify you. However, the Certificate does not prevent the review of your research records under some circumstances (for example, under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, or during the course of an internal program review by the Committee on Human Studies, University of Hawai‘i, and the federal governmental agency that funds the research). The protection afforded by this Certificate of Confidentiality is permanent.