IRB laundering
pp. Getting an ethically questionable study approved by an institutional review board to mask the study’s problematic data or methodology.

Example Citations:
[I]it could lead to “IRB laundering,” where academic researchers evade formal ethics-review processes by collaborating with corporate researchers who do experiments and collect data within a company where ethics review processes are looser.
—Edward W. Felten, “Facebook’s Emotional Manipulation Study: When Ethical Worlds Collide,” The Huffington Post, June 30, 2014

But university IRB approval wasn’t necessary, because Facebook didn’t receive federal funds, and the academics (who are responsible to their universities) didn’t participate in the collection and analysis of data that failed to meet human subjects treatment standards. The study, to use an apt phrase, engaged in IRB laundering.
—Sunita Parikh, “Facebook’s emotion study mess, summarized: still awful,” VacuousMinx, June 30, 2014

Earliest Citation:
Today we learned that IRB laundering is a thing.
—Lee (@ZLeeily), “Today we learned...Twitter, June 29, 2014

Lee (@ZLeeily) also posted this screen capture with the caption "IRB Laundering first described to my knowledge":

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