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Sunday, September 09, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - More on: New IU general counsel pulls Kinsey Institute app

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 6th, the AP reports today, in a long story headed "IU researcher says no problems with pulled sex research app," that:

BLOOMINGTON, IND. — An Indiana University researcher is defending efforts to use smartphone technology to study sexual behaviors around the globe after university attorneys pulled the plug on the project amid privacy concerns.

Filippo Menczer, a professor of informatics and computer science, said the app developed for the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction was approved by a review board and vetted by technology and security advisers before it was launched in mid-August.

“The fact that it has been pulled should not be interpreted to mean that there was anything wrong with it,” he said.

IU pulled the app, which lets people worldwide anonymously report details about their sex lives, on Wednesday after general counsel Jackie Simmons voiced concerns about potential privacy issues, spokesman Mark Land told The Indianapolis Star.

Land said IU researchers and technology experts studied privacy issues, but Simmons hadn’t seen the app and wanted to make sure IU “is comfortable from a legal perspective.”

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 9, 2012 02:36 PM
Posted to Indiana Government