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I would be shocked if Google allowed a contract labeler access to the name of the account from which data originated, except in the circumstance where someone, as the article describes, speaks PII outloud as part of the snippet. And that is why this subcontractor is in breach. They were trusted to handle data appropriately and failed to do so. For Google to provide labelers with the account-of-origin for a snippet wouldn't be lazy, it would require a concerted, covert effort to defeat multiple layers of security-by-design to pursue poor scientific method. And if there is one thing I'm confident about, it's Googlers' single-minded pursuit of sound scientific method. Their business model depends on it so much I dare say strong internal privacy controls are a side effect.

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