A closer look at third-party OSN applications: Are they leaking your personal information?

Abdelberi Chaabane, Yuan Ding, Ratan Dey, Mohamed Ali Kaafar, Keith W. Ross

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Abstract

We examine third-party Online Social Network (OSN) applications for two major OSNs: Facebook and RenRen. These third-party applications typically gather, from the OSN, user personal information. We develop a measurement platform to study the interaction between OSN applications and fourth parties. We use this platform to study the behavior 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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPassive and Active Measurement
Subtitle of host publication15th International Conference, PAM 2014 : proceedings
EditorsMichalis Faloutsos, Aleksandar Kuzmanovic
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Pages235-246
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783319049182
ISBN (Print)9783319049175
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event15th International Conference on Passive and Active Measurement, PAM 2014 - Los Angeles, CA, United States
Duration: 10 Mar 201411 Mar 2014

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
Volume8362
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference15th International Conference on Passive and Active Measurement, PAM 2014
CountryUnited States
CityLos Angeles, CA
Period10/03/1411/03/14

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