A Danish researcher found himself in a charge of debate over a weekend after edition information on 70,000 OKCupid users — including user names, ages and passionate preferences.
Amid a outcry, Emil Kirkegaard private a information he had posted May 8 — though that doesn’t meant dating profiles are protected from some-more poking and prodding.
The information also enclosed locations, celebrity traits and domestic leanings.
After pulling a data, Kirkegaard pronounced it was “unavailable for authorised reasons.”
Still, critics sojourn endangered that a grad tyro appears to have extracted and published a information comparatively easily, confronting few confidence hurdles.
“Why isn’t anyone seeking @okcupid what they are doing to forestall this from function in a future?” Randi Lee Harper, owner of a Online Abuse Prevention Initiative, tweeted this weekend. “Preventing information scraping is not rocket surgery.“
“They seem to have complied,” an OKCupid orator said.
“Some might intent to a ethics of entertainment and releasing this data,” Kirkegaard certified in a paper. “However, all a information found in a dataset are or were already publicly available, so releasing this dataset merely presents it [in] a some-more useful form.”
When asked final week either OKCupid was “OK with” a information being scraped, Kirkegaard tweeted, “Don’t know, don’t ask. :)”