Project Aria Research Community Guidelines

Last updated September 7, 2023

Project Aria partners agree to practice responsible research, protecting the privacy of those who wear the research devices — and most importantly, those who don’t. These Project Aria Research Community Guidelines outline proper use of Project Aria for data processing and research. You may have additional responsibilities under any terms or contracts you (or the entity authorizing you to use Project Aria) have with us or other parties. Violating the Project Aria Research Community Guidelines can result in, among other things, expulsion from the program and forfeiture of research devices.

Your standing in the Project Aria Research Community and your use of Project Aria requires that you:

  • Maintain a respectful and responsible research environment by:
    • Complying with all applicable laws that pertain to your conduct and research
    • Respecting the rights of others, including privacy and intellectual property rights, including:
      • Ensuring that you provide appropriate notice to individuals whose data may be captured, and that you obtain consent of such individuals, in each case as may be required under applicable law
      • Ensuring that the external LED recording indicator is clearly visible
      • Stopping recording when bystanders ask
      • Complying with any regional requirements for additional bystander signaling
        • Please keep in mind that research partners are the controller when meeting GDPR or UK GDPR requirements, which includes the responsibility to ensure that it is clear to bystanders who you work for via your transparency/notice measures
      • Providing contact details to inquiring bystanders who want to receive more information about the research
      • Not using the device in any private venue or building without appropriate authorization
      • Not recording sensitive activities or in sensitive places, including restrooms, medical or health facilities, bedrooms or hotel rooms, religious facilities or prayer rooms, locker/changing rooms, private homes (without consent of all household members)

  • Adhere to responsible data management practices by:
    • Using Project Aria to collect data only when you have a valid research purpose
    • Ensuring all research participants have received appropriate training
    • Creating and maintaining secure data management practices, such as deleting unnecessary or unused data, factory resetting devices between wearers, using and maintaining secure systems and software when processing Project Aria data
    • Implementing applicable data privacy practices, such as setting retention periods, deletion and data access protocols, obfuscating or de-identifying personally identifiable information such as faces and license plates;
    • Not attempting to identify any bystander whose image or personally identifiable information have been blurred or obfuscated and not attempting to associate any Project Aria data with any particular person or identifier
    • Complying with reasonable deletion requests, when requested by a participant or a bystander, without undue delay