OKCupid Slams Social Science Study That Released Details Of Almost 70,000 Usernames, And More

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As reported by DailyMail:

The personal data of nearly 70,000 OKCupid users has been put online for anyone to see – not by hackers, but researchers.

The group scraped information from the dating site and uploaded a paper discussing their findings to an online forum that encourages researchers to share raw social science data.

Although no first names were released, other information such as sexual turn-ons, orientation, user names and location were – giving enough clues to figure out their real identities.

‘This is a clear violation of our terms of service – and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act – and we’re exploring legal options.’ An OKCupid spokesperson told DailyMail.com.

The culprit of this data dump is Emil Kikegaard, a master’s student at Aarhus University, Denmark who deems himself as a ‘polymath wannabe’, and two other co-authors.

He told DailyMail.com ‘I have no comments aside from that you should read the actual paper and not rely on heresy’.

In order to obtain datasets on the 70,000 users, Kikegaard and his colleagues ‘convinced a friend to write a scraper’, but OkCupid has since changed the site’s system so it no longer works.

The technology is available in the paper, published on Open Science Framework, for the public to use ‘in case someone wants to modify it and collect more data’.

The data was collected between November 2014 and March 2015 from random profiles that had answered the most multiple-choice questions on the site, reports Motherboard.

OkCupid is one of the many dating sites that conducts surveys with personal questions in order to find users the best matches.

These questions include things like whether they ever do drugs, if they like being tied up during sex and of course one that caused quite a stir this month, if they feel the world would be better place if people with low IQs were not allowed to reproduce.

The information scraped about the site’s members included username, age, gender, religious astrology, number of photos and more – a total of 36 variables.

Read more at DailyMail.

You can also watch my video on this topic below:

People please be aware and safe when using these dating sites and applications. Though some may be free and others are not, your personal information is being taken and used from these sites for their own purposes. So please, be aware when using these dating sites and applications, and stay safe. And I say this to myself as well.

Source: DailyMail

Please spread the word and share this article. Nevertheless, stay safe everyone, and God bless!

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