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User Perception of Facebook App Data Access: A Comparison of Methods and Privacy Concerns

Human-Computer Interaction Lab, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA
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Academic Editors: Salvatore Carta and Ludovico Boratto
Future Internet 2016, 8(2), 9;
Received: 22 February 2016 / Revised: 9 March 2016 / Accepted: 11 March 2016 / Published: 25 March 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Human–Computer Interaction and the Social Web)
Users share vast amounts of personal information online, but are they fully aware of what information they are sharing and with whom? In this paper, we focused on Facebook apps and set out to understand how concerned users are about privacy and how well-informed they are about what personal data apps can access. We found that initially, subjects were generally under-informed about what data apps could access from their profiles. After viewing additional information about these permissions, subjects’ concern about privacy on Facebook increased. Subjects’ understanding of what data apps were able to access increased, although even after receiving explicit information on the topic, many subjects still did not fully understand the extent to which apps could access their data. View Full-Text
Keywords: social media; privacy; usability; apps social media; privacy; usability; apps
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Golbeck, J.; Mauriello, M.L. User Perception of Facebook App Data Access: A Comparison of Methods and Privacy Concerns. Future Internet 2016, 8, 9.

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