Researchers Claims Dropbox Gave Out Non-Anonymized Data

Researchers Claims Dropbox Gave Out Non-Anonymized Data

Researchers from Northwestern University said that in a recent study, they were able to see non-anonymized user data from Dropbox which showed every folder associated with a given researcher, along with whom it was shared with, how often it was accessed, the duration of collaboration on a project, and how users split their time among different projects represented by the folders.

The wide variety of specific touchpoints that were revealed led a number of well-known academics to complain on Twitter. However, a Dropbox spokesperson denied the claims and said that the article had factual errors that have yet to be cleared up, and that the company anonymized the data by making any identifying user information such as individual emails and shared folder IDs unreadable before sharing it  the researchers.

Source: ZDNet

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