Brian Resnick writes:
A group of researchers has released a data set on nearly 70,000 users of the online dating site OkCupid. The data dump breaks the cardinal rule of social science research ethics: It took identifiable personal data without permission.
The information — while publicly available to OkCupid users — was collected by Danish researchers who never contacted OkCupid or its clientele about using it.
The data, collected from November 2014 to March 2015, includes user names, ages, gender, religion, and personality traits, as well as answers to the personal questions the site asks to help match potential mates. The users hail from a few dozen countries around the world.
Read more on Vox.
This strikes me as just so very wrong on so many levels. Should OKCupid try a takedown notice, should they sue, what? And what difference would it really make at this point for those whose details were already scraped and have been downloaded? Maybe OKCupid needs to do something as a deterrent for future situations, but this is…. sickening.