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sensitive customer information from the cheating site Ashley appear to have made good on their threat to post the data online.
(There are some exceptions to the informed consent rule, but those do not apply when there's a chance a person's identity can be linked to sensitive information.) This data scrape, and potential future studies built on it, won't provide any of those protections.
And scientists who use this data set may be in breach of the standard ethical code.
The files appear to include account details and log-ins for some 32 million users of the social networking site, touted as the premier site for married individuals seeking partners for affairs.
Seven years worth of credit card and other payment transaction details are also part of the dump.
"This is a tricky question, because we are not the moral truth of what is appropriate to share or not," he says.
"That's going to require some follow-up." Even transparent science may need some gatekeeping. The data has been downloaded nearly 500 times so far, and some are already analyzing it.
"However, all the data found in the dataset are or were already publicly available, so releasing this dataset merely presents it [in] a more useful form." (The profiles might technically be public, but why would Ok Cupid users expect anyone else but other users to look at them?
) On his blog, Keyes points out that Kirkegaard published the methods paper in a journal called ] looks pretty much like a vanity press," Keyes writes.
*This post originally identified Keyes as an employee of the Wikimedia foundation. Correction: A previous version of this story stated that all three of the Danish researchers who authored the OKCupid paper were affiliated with Aarhus University in Denmark.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating