THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL NETWORKS ON USER PRIVACY - What Social Networks Really Learn about their Users!

Steffen Ortmann, Peter Langendörfer

Abstract

Millions of users voluntarily release private and business data at community platforms without considering potential impacts on their real lives that may come along with that. Being used for personalized advertisement or profiling, user data are of utmost importance for economic success of the platform. Hence, platform providers exploit all promising options to gather data while privacy seems partially to be a pain for them. Beside data voluntarily released by the user, there are techniques and methods to secretly gather more user data, e.g., by proper fusion of miscellaneous information such as analysis of websites visited or social games played. In this article we investigate obvious as well as concealed data gathering options of platform providers. By that we uncover the true detailedness of user data collected by social networks to document our key message, i.e., social networks know EVERYTHING about their users. Finally, we discuss why existing privacy protecting solutions cannot stand up with the threats and risks resulting from easygoing use of social networks.

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Ortmann S. and Langendörfer P. (2011). THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL NETWORKS ON USER PRIVACY - What Social Networks Really Learn about their Users! . In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies - Volume 1: WEBIST, ISBN 978-989-8425-51-5, pages 21-26. DOI: 10.5220/0003402200210026


in Bibtex Style

@conference{webist11,
author={Steffen Ortmann and Peter Langendörfer},
title={THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL NETWORKS ON USER PRIVACY - What Social Networks Really Learn about their Users!},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies - Volume 1: WEBIST,},
year={2011},
pages={21-26},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0003402200210026},
isbn={978-989-8425-51-5},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies - Volume 1: WEBIST,
TI - THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL NETWORKS ON USER PRIVACY - What Social Networks Really Learn about their Users!
SN - 978-989-8425-51-5
AU - Ortmann S.
AU - Langendörfer P.
PY - 2011
SP - 21
EP - 26
DO - 10.5220/0003402200210026