Privacy Statement

Please read the following before registering and posting material on Errordiary:

This website and project is run by a team of university researchers at UCL.

Our principles:

  • We want to build a community around Errordiary so we can all benefit from it through research, teaching, training and public engagement.
  • We want all data on Errordiary to be open and transparent.
  • We want to raise awareness about issues around human error, promote a culture that learns from error rather than tries to hide it, and educate people about resilience strategies.
  • We want people to stay in control of their data, and raise awareness about issues related to posting information online.

What are the main points I should be aware of?

  • Any posting is purely voluntary, if you don’t feel comfortable about posting anything then please don’t and do not feel pressured to do so.
  • If you do decide to post something please post responsibly. Do not name other people in your post and do not post things that might embarrass people or get them into trouble.
  • You can delete any posts you make at any time without reason. Please contact us if you wish to do this and cannot work out how to do it yourself.
  • You can delete your account at any time without reason. Please contact us if you wish to do this and cannot work out how to do it yourself.
  • It is safest to assume that anything posted on Errordiary is IFP (Immediately and Forever Public) and not anonymous. People could store older versions of the website so deleting material is not reliable. People could also discover who is behind user names with investigative work.

How will my information be used?

We intend to use data on the website for presentations, teaching, creating a practical guide, publishing academic papers and publicity. We may even publish a book in the longer term. However, because it is a public site it is safer to assume that anyone can use this data for anything – we do not intend to use the data for anything other than the things we have just stated but other people might. Please see our best practice guidelines for using information on the website for further information. To help protect their identity some people have set up aliases on the website, e.g. @Faintsignals, @ccidental, @oopsohno. 

This is version 1.0.1 of our privacy statement which was created on 12 September 2013.