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dc.contributor.authorThomas, Daniel R.en
dc.contributor.authorPastrana Portillo, Sergioen
dc.contributor.authorHutchings, Aliceen
dc.contributor.authorClayton, Richard Neilen
dc.contributor.authorBeresford, Alastair Richarden
dc.date.accessioned2017-10-04T16:49:24Z
dc.date.available2017-10-04T16:49:24Z
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/267728
dc.description.abstractWe evaluate the use of data obtained by illicit means against a broad set of ethical and legal issues. Our analysis covers both the direct collection, and secondary uses of, data obtained via illicit means such as exploiting a vulnerability, or unauthorized disclosure. We extract ethical principles from existing advice and guidance and analyse how they have been applied within more than 20 recent peer reviewed papers that deal with illicitly obtained datasets. We find that existing advice and guidance does not address all of the problems that researchers have faced and explain how the papers tackle ethical issues inconsistently, and sometimes not at all. Our analysis reveals not only a lack of application of safeguards but also that legitimate ethical justifications for research are being overlooked. In many cases positive benefits, as well as potential harms, remain entirely unidentified. Few papers record explicit Research Ethics Board (REB) approval for the activity that is described and the justifications given for exemption suggest deficiencies in the REB process.
dc.description.sponsorshipDaniel R. Thomas is supported by a grant from ThreatSTOP Inc. All authors are supported by the EPSRC [grant number EP/M020320/1]. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of any of the funders.
dc.publisherACM
dc.subjectethicsen
dc.subjectlawen
dc.subjectleaked dataen
dc.subjectfound dataen
dc.subjectunintentionally public dataen
dc.subjectdata of illicit originen
dc.subjectcybercrimeen
dc.subjectMenlo Reporten
dc.titleEthical issues in research using datasets of illicit originen
dc.typeConference Object
prism.publicationNameProceedings of IMC '17en
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.13657
dcterms.dateAccepted2017-07-28en
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1145/3131365.3131389en
rioxxterms.versionAM*
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserveden
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2017-07-28en
dc.contributor.orcidThomas, Daniel R. [0000-0001-8936-0683]
dc.contributor.orcidPastrana Portillo, Sergio [0000-0003-1036-6359]
dc.contributor.orcidHutchings, Alice [0000-0003-3037-2684]
dc.contributor.orcidClayton, Richard Neil [0000-0002-1673-918X]
dc.contributor.orcidBeresford, Alastair Richard [0000-0003-0818-6535]
rioxxterms.typeConference Paper/Proceeding/Abstracten
pubs.funder-project-idEPSRC (EP/M020320/1)
pubs.conference-nameACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC)en
pubs.conference-start-date2017-11-01en
cam.fundingDeclarationYes
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2017-11-03


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