Patterns Of Communication Can Weaken Privacy In Social Networks
Users of Social Networks may be compromising sensitive information about themselves, experts believe.
Computer scientists and experts believe that profiles on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter can potentially be used by identity thieves to find sensitive information about their users, including their Social Security numbers. Researchers at several universities have deduced that by using publicly available data and complex data mining, researchers could identify personal information about users of social networks, to a great degree of accuracy.
New York Times reports:
In social networks, people can increase their defenses against identification by adopting tight privacy controls on information in personal profiles. Yet an individual’s actions, researchers say, are rarely enough to protect privacy in the interconnected world of the Internet.