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Toward Addressing Location Privacy Issues: New Affiliations with Social and Location Attributes

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Privacy Engineering and Social Informatics Laboratory, Department of Cultural Technology and Communication, University of the Aegean, GR 81100, Lesvos, Greece
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Department of Geography, University of the Aegean, GR 81100 Lesvos, Greece
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Department of Digital Systems, University of Piraeus, GR 18534 Piraeus, Greece
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Future Internet 2019, 11(11), 234; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi11110234
Received: 23 September 2019 / Revised: 25 October 2019 / Accepted: 30 October 2019 / Published: 1 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Collection Featured Reviews of Future Internet Research)
Nowadays, location-sharing applications (LSA) within social media enable users to share their location information at different levels of precision. Users on their side are willing to disclose this kind of information in order to represent themselves in a socially acceptable online way. However, they express privacy concerns regarding potential malware location-sharing applications, since users’ geolocation information can provide affiliations with their social identity attributes that enable the specification of their behavioral normativity, leading to sensitive information disclosure and privacy leaks. This paper, after a systematic review on previous social and privacy location research, explores the overlapping of these fields in identifying users’ social attributes through examining location attributes while online, and proposes a targeted set of location privacy attributes related to users’ socio-spatial characteristics within social media.
Keywords: social and spatial characteristics; geolocation information; privacy concerns social and spatial characteristics; geolocation information; privacy concerns
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Vgena, K.; Kitsiou, A.; Kalloniatis, C.; Kavroudakis, D.; Gritzalis, S. Toward Addressing Location Privacy Issues: New Affiliations with Social and Location Attributes. Future Internet 2019, 11, 234.

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