Thursday, September 25, 2014

Stanford Promises Not to Use Google Money for Privacy Research

Journalism of Public Interest
September 24th, 2014

On Tuesday, one of the academics quoted by ProPublica, James Grimmelmann, backed off of his criticism of Stanford, saying in a blog post that after he read the legal filing and Stanford's response to ProPublica, he believes the grant money from Google sounds like it is "not accompanied by a promise that the work will not touch on a particular subject." He said be believes the legal filing was "unartfully drafted."
Here is the original story:
Stanford University recently declared that it will not use money from Google to fund privacy research at its Center for Internet and Society, according to a legal filing made by the school.
"Since 2013, Google funding is specifically designated not [to] be used for CIS's privacy work," the university said in the court filing, found by ProPublica in documents filed in an unrelated lawsuit.
Stanford's Center for Internet and Society has long been generously funded by Google, but the center's privacy research has proved damaging to the search giant in the past two years. Two years ago a researcher at the center helped uncover Google privacy violations that led to the company paying a record $22.5 million fine.

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