Stanford Promises Not to Use Google Money for Privacy Research

by Julia Angwin and Robert Faturechi,  ProPublica

This story was co-published with Mashable.

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.

Stanford and Google both said that the change in funding was unrelated to the previous research. But some academics said that Stanford’s promise not to use Google money for privacy research is problematic.  Read the entire story.

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