“But the data is already public”: on the ethics of research in Facebook

  title={“But the data is already public”: on the ethics of research in Facebook},
  author={Michael Zimmer},
  journal={Ethics and Information Technology},
  • M. Zimmer
  • Published 2010
  • Sociology
  • Ethics and Information Technology
In 2008, a group of researchers publicly released profile data collected from the Facebook accounts of an entire cohort of college students from a US university. While good-faith attempts were made to hide the identity of the institution and protect the privacy of the data subjects, the source of the data was quickly identified, placing the privacy of the students at risk. Using this incident as a case study, this paper articulates a set of ethical concerns that must be addressed before… Expand
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