Privacy by design : Does it matter for social networks?

Islam, Mohammad Badiul & Iannella, Renato (2012) Privacy by design : Does it matter for social networks? In Camenisch, Jan, Fischer-Hübner, Simone, & Rannenberg, Kai (Eds.) Privacy and Identity Management for Life : 7th IFIP WG 9.2, 9.6/11.7, 11.4, 11.6/PrimeLife International Summer School, Trento, Italy, September 5-9, 2011, Revised Selected Papers. Springer Boston, Dordrecht, pp. 207-220.

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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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ID Code: 51628
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Privacy by Design, Social Networks, Privacy, Access Control, Mobile Social Networks, Distributed Social Networks, Open Source Social Networks, Diaspora, Clique
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-31668-5_16
ISBN: 9783642203169
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 IFIP International Federation for Information Processing
Deposited On: 05 Jun 2013 05:46
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2015 07:34

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