CAUT urges defence of research confidentiality at UQAM

CAUT urges defence of research confidentiality

(Ottawa – November 2, 2016) The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) is raising concerns about a court order that would require a Université du Québec à Montréal professor to violate the confidentiality of research participants.

A court has ordered Professor Marie-Ève Maillé to turn over the names of people she interviewed as part of her research into the development of a wind farm in the area of Arthabaska. Following a class action lawsuit by community residents against Éoliennes de l’Érable Inc., the wind farm company filed a motion with the court to compel Maillé to disclose the names of people who took part in her research.

“Researchers and academics across the country are extremely concerned about the decision of the Court,” said CAUT executive director David Robinson. “Maintaining the confidentiality of research subjects is an ethical obligation and professional requirement.”

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