Tableau Software Removes WikiLeaks Data Visualizations

Mark J

Updated · Dec 06, 2010

Last week, business intelligence and analytics software vendor Tableau Software removed data visualizations published by WikiLeaks to Tableau Public. As reported on the Tableau Software blog,
the company said it understood this was a sensitive issue but wanted to assure the public and users that this was not an easy decision, nor one that was taken lightly.

“We created Tableau Public—a free service that enables anyone to make interactive graphs from their data and share them online—because we recognized the need for strong analytics tools in a data-driven world. Given the controversy around the WikiLeaks data, we've closely followed the debate about who actually has the rights to the leaked data.

“Our decision to remove the data from our servers came in response to a public request by Senator Joe Lieberman, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security Committee, when he called for organizations hosting WikiLeaks to terminate their relationship with the website.”

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