After Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data scandal, Microsoft-owned professional networking service LinkedIn has said that it will provide access to data of over 500 million users for approved academic studies. However, researchers will only have access to aggregate, anonymised data and will only be able to use it within a secure “sandbox”, without being able to download it, the company said.
The data will be restricted to only those whose academic proposals have been approved. The researchers will only have access to aggregate, anonymised data and will only be able to use it within a secure “sandbox,” Perisic said in his blog post. That means they won’t be able to download the data themselves.LinkedIn said the academics will not be able to “obtain or retain data beyond the scope of the research project.” Additionally, LinkedIn said its legal and security teams would vet all proposals to access the data. Only projects related to “economic opportunity with an eye toward enabling a level playing field for economic outcomes,” will be approved.