Analyzing the Ethical Implications of Research Using Leaked Data

Anne E. Boustead, Trey Herr

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3 Scopus citations


Although information made public after a data breach can provide insight into difficult research questions, use of these data raises ethical questions not directly addressed by current ethical guidelines. This article develops a framework for identifying and managing risks to human subjects when conducting research involving leaked data. We contend that researchers who seek to use leaked data should identify and address ethical challenges by considering the process through which the data were originally released into the public domain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)505-509
Number of pages5
JournalPS - Political Science and Politics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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