Michael Zimmer writes:
Recently, I was approached by a team of researchers concerned with the research ethics issuesrelated to using Facebook to recruit human subjects. Specifically, the team was planning to useFacebook advertisements in order to target certain users for a research study evaluating the effectiveness of a particular educational strategy aimed at decreasing the occurrence of a particular high risk behavior. The researchers were also considering creating a Facebook pagein order to manage communication with potential (and perhaps even actual) subjects in the study.
Here’s my initial assessment of the privacy concerns, with some information changed to keep the researchers and the project confidential.
Read more on Michael’s blog.