Did you know that most psychological testing providers on the web collect test information about you for ‘research purposes’? By contrast, we guarantee that your quiz answers will only be processed by your own web browser and will never be transmitted to our server. We therefore do not retain any individual information about your test answers. This page explains both how our tests work, and some simple things you can check before taking tests on any site.
How We Protect Your Privacy
This site does not retain any information about the answers you provide to screening tests or other quizzes provided on this site.
As far as we are aware, this is the only site on the web that can make you that guarantee.
About Our Facebook App Privacy
For quizzes which we provide via Facebook apps, we’ve taken careful steps to mitigate Facebook’s penchant for sharing personal data. Specifically, when using our Facebook apps, you will not be asked to share your personal information with the app.
Things to Check Before Taking a Psychological Self-Test
Unlike CounsellingResource.com, other sites do not normally guarantee you in advance that your quiz results won’t be retained or otherwise processed by the site itself. So, before submitting your personal information to any website offering a free psychological self-test or other screening test, here are some things you can check to help ensure your privacy is being respected:
- If the site does not even mention how it uses your personal details, your privacy is probably not a high priority for the site owner.
- Does the quiz ask for demographic information, such as your gender, age, or country of origin?
- The results of most psychological screening tests do not depend explicitly on these demographic factors; a site which requests them may be collecting data for a research project. If a site collects data about you for research purposes, it should explain how your data will be treated.
- Does the quiz appear on a page with a file extension of .cgi, .php, .asp, or other extension indicating a server-side scripting technology? Do your test results appear on such a page?
- If the quiz appears on a page using server-side scripting technology — and especially if the test results themselves are delivered by such a page — there is a much greater chance that your individual test answers are being stored on the website itself. (Note that it does not guarantee that they are, but it makes it much more likely.) The most common situation suggesting server-side scripting to handle test results is an ordinary (X)HTML page with a .htm or .html extension sending results via a page ending in .cgi. If you see your test results being delivered back to you via a .cgi-generated page, you can be almost 100% certain that your question answers have been transmitted back to the website for processing — and possibly for retention and other uses which may or may not have been disclosed to you.
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