Privacy issues in online social networks : User behaviors and third-party applications

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)peer-review

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Author(s)

  • Daniel W.K. Tse
  • X. Xu
  • Z. Chen
  • X. Meng
  • Y. Wang

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Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, PACIS 2014
PublisherPacific Asia Conference on Information Systems
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014

Conference

Title18th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, PACIS 2014
PlaceChina
CityChengdu
Period24 - 28 June 2014

Abstract

In contemporary society, social networking websites has developed dramatically and became an indispensable component in our daily life. Since it can help create a more feature-rich online social community, third-party service has been widely adopted in online social networks (OSNs). Integrating these third-party sites and applications has not only extended business of both social network server and third party and but also promises to break down the garden walls of social-networking sites. While at the same time it dramatically raises concerns on privacy leakage. This article mainly focuses on the privacy disclosure issues caused by user's behavior and third-party applications and websites. On the one hand, because of the diversity of usage behaviors, the revelation of personal information varies significantly. A survey is conducted to present empirical and quantitative result. On the other hand, the access mechanism between OSN and third party is not perfect enough. Besides, it could be a potential source of privacy leak that third-party services sometimes act as advertisers and information aggregators of a user's traversals. The relevant reasons and internal and external threats are presented. Finally, possible solutions to reduce the increasing information disclosure are provided. Actions should be taken along three fronts: The government, the users themselves as well as the third parties.

Research Area(s)

  • Online social networks, Privacy issues, Third-party issues, Users' behaviors pattern, Information Security Management

Citation Format(s)

Privacy issues in online social networks : User behaviors and third-party applications. / Tse, Daniel W.K.; Xu, X.; Bai, M.; Chen, Z.; Meng, X.; Wang, Y.

Proceedings - Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, PACIS 2014. Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, 2014.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)peer-review