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Contests Raise Questions

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

May 23, 2011

Two new online prize contests are raising questions about the challenge of protecting privacy, The New York Times reports. Referencing a similar contest from last year that was cancelled due to privacy concerns, the report looks at two initiatives aimed at rewarding contestants who "come up with predictive algorithms, using anonymized personal data as the test bed." From a privacy perspective, the report states, using personal online data, "even when stripped of personally identifying information like names and credit card numbers, is a risk management game." As one expert put it, "There are privacy risks, even if they are small." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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