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Harvard privacy problem

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Date: Jul 11, 2011 - 08:00 AM
A group of researchers at Harvard are in trouble for what they did with data pulled from Facebook:

Adding to the complications, researchers like Mr. Kaufman are being asked to safeguard privacy in an era when grant-making agencies increasingly request that data be shared?as the National Science Foundation did as a condition for backing Harvard's Facebook study.

The Facebook project began to unravel in 2008, when a privacy scholar at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Michael Zimmer, showed that the "anonymous" data of Mr. Kaufman and his colleagues could be cracked to identify the source as Harvard undergraduates.
There's a lot of depth to this one. Unfortunately, a human-subjects aspect (get permission people!) they really screwed up.



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