What is it about?

In the last past years, Online Social Networks have shifted the traditional paradigm of human interactions and communication into a digital representation of their relationships and daily activities. Ranging from blogging services to social communities, multimedia sharing, and virtual worlds, the demand on such online services grows continually. They supply services to a broad range of users of all ages, various social backgrounds, and users with limited technical skills. This article presents a quantitative comparison of 24 online social networks based on different criteria (architecture, storage, security, encryption, ...) to understand the functioning of social networks, the privacy issues they have, and to understand the different techniques used to protect the privacy.

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Why is it important?

This article not only compares between 24 systems but it reviews different topics related to privacy and social networks: privacy violations and their mitigation techniques and approaches, existing information privacy laws and regulations, privacy principles, mitigation approaches to protect privacy,

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I hope that this article provides the gives the scientific community a knowledge base in the field of privacy in social network s to understand more the inner functioning of such systems. And also for the general public to understand further what is privacy and how is protected/handled in social networks.

Samia Oukemeni
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

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This page is a summary of: Privacy Analysis on Microblogging Online Social Networks, ACM Computing Surveys, July 2019, ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), DOI: 10.1145/3321481.
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