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Privacy in Social Networks by Lise Getoor, Evimaria Terzi, Elena Zheleva

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CHAPTER 1

Introduction

Social-networking sites and other online collaborative tools have emerged as immensely popular places for people to post and share information. Facebook, Google+, MySpace, LinkedIn, etc., all have benefits, ranging from practical (e.g., sharing a business document via Google Docs) to purely social (e.g., communicating with distant friends via Facebook). At the same time, not surprisingly, information sharing poses real threats to user privacy. For example, in social-networking sites, documented threats include identity theft, digital stalking, and personalized spam [21]. College admissions officers have even withdrawn student admission offers using information posted on social networking sites [87]. Thus, online presence ...

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