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Facebook, OkCupid research raises new ethical questions in use of 'big data'
Facebook, OkCupid research raises new ethical questions in use of 'big data'

Every day companies mine online data to track consumer habits, but two University of Maryland law professors say Facebook and dating service OkCupid went too far by manipulating their users' experience to study their behavior. At the professors' urging, Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler agreed to review this week whether the companies' actions are akin to patients being pulled into medical research without their knowledge. Federal law requires participants' consent and independent oversight of such experiments, and a state law broadened those regulations. But Facebook officials say those rules don't apply to its research, including a recently disclosed...

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