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Old 30-06-14, 12:29
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Came across this link when reading another article:

Getting schooled in the 'noise'

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One of the next projects for Vignoles, for which – along with her Faculty of Education colleague Professor Diane Reay – she is a co-investigator, will be the ambitious ‘Life Study’. The project will start gathering data during pregnancy on everything from blood type to economic situation from a cohort of just under 100,000 mothers and their children. It will amount to the largest study of its kind ever done and, when combined with existing datasets, will provide researchers with an unparalleled overview of the lives of British citizens.
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From a purely academic standpoint, it's useful and valuable research. From a real-world standpoint, I don't trust 'them' to use the information responsibly.
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Surely it's unethical to add private persons into a study without their knowledge or permission? And of course, in order to give permission, you have to know not only what, but also why.

Informed consent - anyone remember that?
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FACEBOOK 'manipulated emotions' in SECRET EXPERIMENT on users

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The researchers state clearly that “was consistent with Facebook’s Data Use Policy, to which all users agree prior to creating an account on Facebook, constituting informed consent for this research” (emphasis added).

Media reception of the research has been almost universally hostile – put “Facebook” together with “creepy” into Google News for a sample. Noting that the research “seems cruel”, The Atlantic says even PNAS editor Susan Fiske found the study “creepy”, but let the study pass because “Facebook apparently manipulates people's News Feeds all the time”.

Vulture South isn't so sure the researchers can give themselves a clean bill of health. In particular, a data use policy most users don't read, and which would confuse many, seems inadequate as a definition of “informed consent”.

Moreover, while the data use policy does, as the researchers state, permit the use of data for “research”, the context doesn't seem in full agreement with the researchers' interpretation: “we may use the information we receive about you”, it states, “for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research and service improvement”.

In other words, “research” is offered not as a blanket permission, but as an example of “internal operations”.
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