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Classification of Third-Party Applications on Facebook to Mitigate Users’ Information Leakage

Online social networks (OSNs) are significant platforms for third-party developers to run written applications in order to provide users extra functionality and services. Third-party applications (TPAs) access to user’s profile and exchange their information. In doing so, this may lead to information leakage and privacy risks. Although OSNs provider have control over third-party applications, it still lacks control in the existing mechanisms. The aim of this paper is to investigate how to hinder TPAs from accessing user’s private information while still sustaining the functionality of the applications. To address privacy and functionality simultaneously, this study suggests a classification framework providing mechanisms in controlling TPAs access on the user data residing in OSNs. The improved framework allows TPAs to utilize some of user data according to their classification authority to mitigate users’ information leakage.


Sanaz Kavianpour    
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Zuraini Ismail    
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Bharanidharan Shanmugam    
Charles Darwin University


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