Privacy in social networks
Γκουντέλας, Ιωάννης Γ.
SubjectOnline social networks ; Ιδιωτικότητα ; Ηλεκτρονικοί υπολογιστές -- Δίκτυα -- Μέτρα ασφαλείας
The protection of users’ privacy in all aspects of technology is crucial. Social networks pose the most complicated and yet interesting case to study from a privacy perspective because users waver between their need to disclose as much information as possible and their desire for data security and privacy. These settings are most of the times vague and hard to understand for those unfamiliar with technology and for this reason many aspects of security and privacy can be jeopardized. For the needs of this study, the leading social network is examined. The paper is organized as follows: firstly the reader is introduced to the scientific area of social networks. Then privacy issues and implications that have risen over the years are presented with the examination of Facebook’s privacy issues and practices following. Lastly after reviewing proposed countermeasures, ways of protecting data based on the prevailing settings and policies are offered and conclusions are made.