Statement of Privacy

Socratic Mobile Forum, an online community operated and managed by Paradigm Sample, is committed to protecting your privacy. The Socratic Mobile Forum Statement of Privacy outlined below applies to the Web site, mobile site, web surveys, mobile surveys, and other supporting panel web and mobile sites produced and maintained by IdeaShifters. 

This statement will notify you of the following:

  • Privacy Commitment and Philosophy
  • Collection of Personal Information
  • Usage and Sharing of Personal Information
  • Usage of Cookies
  • Affiliation with Online Privacy Organizations
  • Member Services and Opt-Out Policy
  • Security of Personal Information
  • Other Pertinent Information

If you have questions regarding this statement, please email

Privacy Commitment and Philosophy

Paradigm Sample, Inc. is a market research firm specializing in online and mobile research techniques and online panel development and management. Privacy and confidentiality of your personal information is our priority.

Our surveys are conducted for market research purposes only. All of our research studies report information in aggregate form (i.e., information about groups, not individuals). No one will ever attempt to sell you anything as a direct result of your participation in one of our surveys. All individual information provided is held strictly confidential.

Paradigm Sample is compliant with the regulations of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when controlling and processing data for data subjects located in the European Economic Area (EEA).

Collection of Personal Information

To join Socratic Mobile Forum, we invite you to complete a brief registration survey that gathers some personal information about you. We ask that you provide your name and email address so that we can send you email invitations to participate in surveys. The additional personal information we gather during registration (which may include your employment status, household income, gender, smartphone brand and model, etc.) is to assist us in providing you with opportunities to complete surveys that are relevant and interesting to you. Paradigm Sample believes in maintaining a lean profile of member data, and our data minimization policy is in alignment to the standards of personal data collection under GDPR.

We may also collect information about your computer hardware and software (if applicable). This information may include (among other things) your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times, and referring website addresses. Paradigm Sample uses this information for the to operate our Web and mobile sites, to maintain quality of our services, and to provide general statistics regarding use of our sites and services. 

If you participate in the registration survey and elect not to join the IdeaShifters community, the only information we will preserve is your email address for the purposes of contacting you if you are eligible to receive a survey incentive (e.g., you are a prize drawing winner). We will remind you no more than twice, by email, if you have registered but not yet opted in. Unless you opt-in to join IdeaShifters, we will not contact you for any other reason.

Usage and Sharing of Personal Information

Socratic Mobile Forum member information is stored in our proprietary database and used to deliver invitations to surveys. If Paradigm Sample believes your profile makes you a potential candidate for a particular study, we may send you an email invitation to make you aware of the survey opportunity. Paradigm Sample may also use your personally identifiable information to inform you of new survey technologies and other IdeaShifters services.

Paradigm Sample may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to Paradigm Sample, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

Paradigm Sample may also share your personal (but non-identifiable) data with our clients who request this information for use in aggregate analysis. For example, Paradigm Sample may provide a client with data collected from a recent survey, with variables such as age, household income, or gender from the registration survey appended to the file. This is primarily designed to save our panelists time and effort, so they do not need to re-answer these questions on each and every survey. These appended data, however, will never include personally identifiable information such as your full name, mailing address, or email address.

Paradigm Sample will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on Paradigm Sample; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of Paradigm Sample; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of Paradigm Sample, its Web and mobile sites and services, or the public. 

Usage of Cookies

A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk (desktop, laptop, or mobile device) by a webpage server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide you a convenience feature that will save you time. For example, if you register with IdeaShifters, a cookie could be used to help the site recall your specific information and/or preferences on subsequent visits. Then, when you access the site in the future, the information previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the IdeaShifters features you customized on your previous visit. While some IdeaShifters site features require use of cookies, you always have the option to disable cookies while registering or completing a survey without affecting your participation.

We may also use cookies so you can participate in surveys regarding specific ads and promotions you view while browsing the web. To facilitate the completion of these surveys, certain third party research firms may write, set, or read cookies, locally shared/stored objects, flash cookies, and/or any other related technology. If you participate, you may be re-contacted about the online ad or promotion and the market research firm will use the third party technology to determine whether you have seen, clicked on, or otherwise interacted with the online ad or promotion. If you have interacted with the online ad or promotion, the market research firm or their partners will provide you with the opportunity to complete the survey through Ideashifters.

Affiliation with Online Privacy Organizations


Paradigm Sample adheres to the Interactive Marketing Research Organization (IMRO) Code of Ethics. We have implemented the Code of Ethics as a means of achieving and implementing ethical research practices. Over and above normal standards of research, our professional activities shall be conducted with particular respect for the individual's right to privacy, both in terms of confidentiality of information collected during the marketing research process, and the right to be free from unsolicited and unwanted contact (e.g., spam). To learn more about IMRO, please visit


We are committed to protecting your child's privacy online and our practices are in full compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) in addition to regulation by the FTC. This means that Paradigm Sample does not conduct research with minors under the age of 13 without a statement of permission from the parents or guardians. To learn more about COPPA, please visit

Member Services and Opt-Out Policy

Socratic Mobile Forum provides you with a Member Services area of our web or mobile site, where you may correct or update your membership information, or opt out (i.e., unsubscribe or remove yourself) from the community. Instructions on how to unsubscribe from Socratic Mobile Forum are also available at the bottom of each email invitation sent to community members. If you are a community member and delete your membership, your active membership status and profile information will be removed from our database. Please note that in some cases it may take three to five business days for your information to be completely removed from our records.

As a member of a research panel operated by Paradigm Sample, you also have a right to access an export of any data that have been collected and stored on your behalf. You may additionally define a specific third-party for us to share this information with. If you intend to unsubscribe from the community, but would like to exercise this right to data portability, please ensure to submit this request prior to triggering the unsubscribe process, as your data will be erased once the unsubscribe option is selected.

When a user elects to use our Refer a Friend or Colleague service to inform a friend or business associate about IdeaShifters, we ask for the friend's name and email address. IdeaShifters automatically sends the referral an email invitation to visit the site. Paradigm Sample stores this contact information for the sole purpose of sending this one time email. The friend may contact IdeaShifters to request the removal of this information from our database.

Security of Personal Information

IdeaShifters takes strict measures to ensure every aspect of your information is kept secure, protecting your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment. Access to all personal information is restricted and limited to a few key personnel. Paradigm Sample will never ask you for private information, such as your credit card number, as part of our research. Your profile information is highly confidential and will be used only by IdeaShifters to email you information about our studies, reward notifications, and other information relevant to your panel membership.

Paradigm Sample’s panelist information is hosted and protected on its panel management platform. Databases are secured using 256 bit TLS encryption, data at rest encryption, Next-Gen firewalls, Intrusion Detection/Intrusion Prevention, Data Loss prevention, multi-factor authentication, and stringent access controls.

Other Pertinent Information

Notification of Changes

Paradigm Sample will notify you directly if there are ever any material changes in our privacy policy practices. We will take all possible measures to obtain your consent if the information we collect from you is going to be used in a different manner than stated at the time of registration. Any changes in our privacy statement will be posted 30 days prior to that change.

Right to Lodge a Complaint with a Supervisory Authority

In the event a data subject residing in the EEA has sufficient reason to believe their personal data has been either compromised or misused without their informed consent, the data subject shall retain their right to lodge a complaint with the Supervisory Authority of their respective Member State, in accordance to Article 51 of the GDPR. 

Business Transfers

As we continue to develop our business, we might sell or buy additional assets. In such transactions, Paradigm Sample's right to contact its community members and the information you have voluntarily provided in your user profile would generally be considered transferred business assets. Any sale or transfer of Paradigm Sample or substantially all of its business assets, which included our community, would be to an entity that agreed to comply with all of the material terms of our privacy policy.

Contact Information

Paradigm Sample welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that Paradigm Sample has not adhered to this Statement, please contact Paradigm Sample by telephone, email, or postal mail.
Paradigm Sample
921 Port Washington Boulevard
Port Washington, NY 11050

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