A Closer Look at Third-Party OSN Applications: Are They Leaking Your Personal Information?

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Chaabane, Abdelberi; Ding, Yuan; Dey, Ratan; Kaafar, Dali; Ross, Keith

Chaabane, Abdelberi; Ding, Yuan; Dey, Ratan; Kaafar, Dali; Ross, Keith


2014-03-10


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Passive Active Measurement conference (PAM) 2014


Los Angeles, US


We examine third-party OSN applications for two major OSNs: Facebook and RenRen. These third-party applications typically gather, from the OSN, user personal information, such as user ID, user name, gender, list of friends, email address, and so on. They also typically interact with “fourth parties,? such as ad networks, data brokers, and analytics services. According to Facebook’s Terms of Service, third-party applications are prohibited from sharing users’ personal information, collected from Facebook, with such fourth parties. We develop a measurement platform to study the interaction between OSN applications and fourth parties. We use this platform to study the behaviour of 997 Facebook applications and 377 RenRen applications. We find that the Facebook and RenRen applications interact with hundreds of different fourth-party tracking entities. More worrisome, 22% of Facebook applications and 69% of RenRen applications provide users’ personal information to one or more fourth-party tracking entities.


pam2014.cs.unm.edu


nicta:7255


Chaabane, Abdelberi; Ding, Yuan; Dey, Ratan; Kaafar, Dali; Ross, Keith. A Closer Look at Third-Party OSN Applications: Are They Leaking Your Personal Information?. In: Passive Active Measurement conference (PAM) 2014; Los Angeles, US. 2014-03-10.



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