Add md5 hash of email address(es) to public API response
Most users do not want to make their email address public. Providing a md5 hash of the address would be a workaround to allow profile matching based on email address without exposing the email address publicly.
This idea has been used for many years by the gravatar service.
Thank you for your suggestion.
After carefully reviewing this idea, we’ve decided not to proceed with it.
It is considered a security risk if a “forget password” feature displays if an email address is active in a system. By allowing members to search email address hashes across ORCID, we would be imposing this same risk of data mining.
At this time we will not move forward with this feature due to the ORCID Trust implications.