Symptoms of Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction Research Network (LURN)
Project C: Physical Activity and Sleep Study
By consenting to participate in Project C: Physical Activity and Sleep Study, you have agreed to allow the Computational Epidemiology (CompEpi) Research Group at the University of Iowa access to the data that you collect using the study Fitbit account (email address and password) that was assigned to you. Each quarter, and again at study completion, this data will be securely transferred to Arbor Research Collaborative for Health, which is acting as the Data Coordinating Center for the LURN research study.
For Project C, we are collecting the following data types from your Fitbit Inspire 2: Activity and Exercise, Fitbit Devices and Settings, Heart Rate, Profile, and Sleep.
Informed Consent Documents:
Access the informed consent document that you signed based on the site where you enrolled.
University of Iowa
University of Michigan
University of Washington
Washington University in St. Louis
Terms of Service:
We are using Fitbit products and tools to help us answer the research questions of the study. These Terms of Service apply to your access and use of the specific Fitbit services required for this research study. You must accept these Terms to fully enroll in the research study and contribute Fitbit data. If you do not accept these Terms, do not install the Fitbit app on your phone or wear the Fitbit device.
Creating an Account
We have created a private study Fitbit account for you. You are responsible for all activity that occurs in association with your account. We are not responsible for any loss of confidentiality if you enter additional data into the account above what is required for the research study.
Full use of the Fitbit service is dependent upon your use of a supported mobile device and Internet access. You are responsible for all Internet access charges. Please check with your Internet provider for information on possible Internet data usage charges.
Except as otherwise stated herein, these Terms constitute the entire and exclusive understanding and agreement between CompEpi and you regarding the Fitbit data collection portion of the research study.
We will notify you before we make material changes to these Terms and give you an opportunity to review the revised Terms before continuing to collect data for the research study. When you use this service after a modification becomes effective, you are telling us that you accept the modified Terms.
If you have any questions about these Terms, please contact us at:
C302 GH, Internal Medicine
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA 52242
Your privacy is important! That is why, for Project C, we have created a research study Fitbit account for you to use. Here we describe in detail the privacy practices that we have put into place. Specifically, we discuss the information that we collect, how the information is shared, your rights to access and control your data, who we are, and how to contact us.
Information We Collect
To maintain your privacy, instead of asking for access to your existing Fitbit account (or asking you to create a personal one if you don’t already have one), we have created a research study Fitbit account for you. Each account is created with a coded first and last name and a made-up birth date, sex, height, and weight. None of these fields contain your real information. If you choose to change any of this information in your Fitbit app, that information will be visible to us.
Throughout the study, we are collecting the following data types: Activity and Exercise, Fitbit Devices and Settings, Heart Rate, Profile, and Sleep. These data types allow us to answer the research questions of the study and to attribute the data you collect to the correct participant in the study. The link between the Fitbit data and the correct participant in the study is done using only codes, no real names or identifying information is used during this process.
We encourage you to not enter any other information into the Fitbit app (i.e., food or water logs, female health tracking, etc.) as they are not required for the research study. Any additional information you choose to enter into the Fitbit app may be visible to us.
After completion of the research study, you may log out of the research Fitbit account, log in to your own personal account (or create a personal account if you don’t have one), and collect any private data that you wish. We will not have access to any of your data once you have logged out of the research study Fitbit account.
How Information is Shared
We never sell any of your information. We do not share any of your information except in the limited circumstances described below.
For Analysis at the Data Coordinating Center (DCC)
Arbor Research Collaborative is acting as the DCC for the research study. Each quarter, and at the end of the study, all data collected from the Fitbits will be transferred from the University of Iowa to the DCC for analysis. This transfer is done securely so that only approved research team members have access to the data. Additionally, the data is labeled with study IDs, not personal identifiers.
For Monitoring and Auditing Purposes
Since this study is federally funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, they may ask to see data for monitoring and auditing purposes. If this occurs, the data will not contain any personal identifiers. Additionally, the Institutional Review Board may also request to see data for monitoring and auditing purposes. Again, this data will not contain any personal identifiers.
Your Rights to Access and Control Your Data
Accessing and Exporting Data
By logging into your account, you can access much of your data, including your dashboard with your daily exercise and activity statistics. Using your account settings, you can also download information in a commonly used file format, including data about your activities, body, foods, and sleep.
Editing and Deleting Data
By logging into your account and using your account settings, you can change and delete your personal information. There will only be personal information in your account if you have entered it yourself.
Objecting to Data Use
By logging into your account and using your account settings, you can control our data use. For example, under your application settings, you can revoke the access of third-party applications (us) that you previously connected to the Fitbit account. Since this is a study Fitbit account, you can also log out of the account and stop data collection at any time. You can also use the Fitbit app to unpair your device from your account at any time.
How to Contact Us
If you have any study-related questions, please contact the research coordinator who enrolled you in the study.
If you have questions about this policy, or need help exercising your privacy rights, please contact Shelby Francis at:
C302 GH, Internal Medicine
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA 52242
Additional Information about Fitbit’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policies can be found in your Fitbit App Under Account > Legal.