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Social networking privacy — Who's stalking you?

Social networking privacy — Who's stalking you?

Gan, Diane ORCID: 0000-0002-0920-7572 and Jenkins, Lily R. (2015) Social networking privacy — Who's stalking you? Future Internet, 7 (1). pp. 67-93. ISSN 1999-5903 (Print), 1999-5903 (Online) (doi:

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This research investigates the privacy issues that exist on social networking sites. It is reasonable to assume that many Twitter users are unaware of the dangers of uploading a tweet to their timeline which can be seen by anyone. Enabling geo-location tagging on tweets can result in personal information leakage, which the user did not intend to be public and which can seriously affect that user’s privacy and anonymity online. This research demonstrates that key information can easily be retrieved using the starting point of a single tweet with geo-location turned on. A series of experiments have been undertaken to determine how much information can be obtained about a particular individual using only social networking sites and freely available mining tools. The information gathered enabled the target subjects to be identified on other social networking sites such as Foursquare, Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook and Google+, where more personal information was leaked. The tools used are discussed, the results of the experiments are presented and the privacy implications are examined.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social networks, stalking, information leakage
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Internet of Things and Security (ISEC)
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences (CAM)
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2020 22:35
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: GREAT a
Selected for GREAT 2018: GREAT a
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 1
Selected for REF2021: None

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