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Search Engine Could Help Researchers Scour Internet for Privacy Documents

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The Priva-Seer search engine.

The search engine could help researchers better understand online privacy in general, and examine online privacy trends over time.

Credit: Pennsylvania State University

Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) scientists have designed a search engine that uses artificial intelligence to sift through millions of online documents, which could help privacy researchers find content related to online privacy.

The PrivaSeer engine identifies relevant documents using natural language processing (NLP).

Penn State's Mukund Srinath said the NLP approach focuses on certain words in text to distinguish between privacy and non-privacy policy documents.

PrivaSeer has compiled approximately 1.4-million English language Website privacy policies.

Said Penn State’s Shomir Wilson, “This can be a resource for researchers both in natural language processing and privacy, who are interested in this domain of text.”

From Penn State News
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