Analyzing Facebook privacy settings: user expectations vs. reality

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Analyzing Facebook privacy settings: user expectations vs. reality
Authors: Yabing Liu, Krishna Gummadi, Balanchander Krishnamurthy, Alan Mislove
Citation: Proceedings of the 11th ACM/USENIX Internet Measurement Conference (IMC'11), Berlin, Germany  : 2011 November
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Publisher: ACM, New York, NY, USA
Meeting: IMC'11
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DOI: 10.1145/2068816.2068823.
Link(s): http://www2.research.att.com/~bala/papers/imc11.pdf
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Analyzing Facebook privacy settings: user expectations vs. reality is a study on privacy settings in Facebook.

The study was done with a Facebook survey application with users recruited though Amazon Mechanical Turk.

Privacy settings categories: Me, some friends, all friends, friends of friends, all.

[edit] Results

Privacy settings:

  • Too open: 49%
  • Exact: 37%
  • Too closed: 14%

"Users have significant trouble managing their privacy"

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