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Balancing privacy versus accuracy in research protocols

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Science  30 Jan 2015:
Vol. 347, Issue 6221, pp. 479-480
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa3483

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Summary

Designing protocols for research using personal data entails trade-offs between accuracy and privacy. Any suggestion that would make empirical work less precise, open, representative, or replicable seems contrary to the needs and values of science. A careful reexamination has begun of what “accuracy” or “privacy” should mean and how research plans can balance these objectives.

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