Gathering and using your personal data against you isn’t just for the government and corporations. Researchers have always wanted to get their hands on your personal info.
The problem is when you don’t know that you or your data are the subject of a study.
We need some strong protection for our personal data and we need it now.
The staff here is a big fan of research studies and large datasets, but there needs to be some standards for how this info is gathered and used. We are not, however, at all in favor of manipulating people’s online experience without their knowledge.
Tweaking the user interface (or UX) is one thing. Feeding certain users bad news and then seeing if they get depressed is just wrong.
NYTimes: As Data Overflows Online, Researchers Grapple With Ethics