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Privacy by Design: Does It Matter for Social Networks?

Abstract : Privacy is an important component of freedom and plays a key role in protecting fundamental human rights. It is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the fact that without appropriate levels of privacy, a person’s rights are diminished. Users want to protect their privacy - particularly in “privacy invasive” areas such as social networks.  However, Social Network users seldom know how to protect their own privacy through online mechanisms. What is required is an emerging concept that provides users legitimate control over their own personal information, whilst preserving and maintaining the advantages of engaging with online services such as Social Networks. This paper reviews “Privacy by Design (PbD)” and shows how it applies to diverse privacy areas. Such an approach will move towards mitigating many of the privacy issues in online information systems and can be a potential pathway for protecting users’ personal information. The research has also posed many questions in need of further investigation for different open source distributed Social Networks. Findings from this research will lead to a novel distributed architecture that provides more transparent and accountable privacy for the users of online information systems.
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Mohammad Badiul Islam, Renato Iannella. Privacy by Design: Does It Matter for Social Networks?. 7th PrimeLife International Summer School (PRIMELIFE), Sep 2011, Trento, Italy. pp.207-220, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-31668-5_16⟩. ⟨hal-01517610⟩



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