What is a real and authenticated person?


Social Pulse Asia draws its data and information from surveys of real and authenticated persons. A “real” person is defined as, first, one who is currently living and who possesses thoughts, opinions, sentiments, feelings, beliefs, ideas, awareness and knowledge (hereinafter collectively referred to using the term “cognitions”) and, second, one who possesses descriptions of his/her life situation. This data and information of this real person is defined by the RESPONDENTS SERVICE COOPERATIVE using an aggregate term called Data and Information Assets. This distinction of being “real” is made to differentiate it against a “bot” (or an automated response generated by an application).

A person may be real and may have cognitions but may not have the ability to verbalize them and/or not have the ability to accomplish a survey (for example, in the case of a person of advanced age who may have diminished mobility or a person who may be technologically challenged and unable to operate an internet browser or in the case of a blind, or mute person). In these cases, a proxy may accomplish the form in behalf of the owner of the data and information being submitted (subject to full declaration of the proxy’s identifying and contact information).

An authenticated person is one that has passed SPA’s Respondent Verification Protocol. This protocol entails checking the authenticity of submitted identity documents, matching of submitted identities with actual persons via video calls, and random physical visits to residential addresses submitted.