Publicly launched OkCupid profiles taken down as a result of DMCA declare
A cache of 70,000 OkCupid profiles posted on-line within the identify of scientific “analysis” final week has been taken down as a consequence of a copyright declare. The info was scraped from the courting website by Emil Kirkegaard and Julius Daugbjerg Bjerrekær, two graduate college students at Aarhus College in Denmark, who then posted the knowledge on Open Science Framework.
Whereas the info was considerably nameless, it did embrace usernames, places and private info like sexual orientation, political leanings or flip-ons, and as Motherboard defined final week it would not have been troublesome to reverse engineer the info set to determine people.
On the time, OkCupid claimed the scraping the location for knowledge violated the location’s consumer settlement and it now seems Open Science Framework is complying with OkCupid’s DMCA declare. “The repository is at present unavailable as a result of a DMCA declare despatched by OKCupid. It is unclear to me which half they declare copyright on,” Kirkegaard advised Retraction Watch.
Kirkegaard additionally edits a analysis journal referred to as Open Differential Psychology, the place he submitted a paper based mostly on the info, however that paper is now topic to “inner discussions.” After the controversy broke, Aarhus College distanced itself from Kirkegaard, stating that the OkCupid venture was not a part of his scholar work on the college.