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Preventing Private Information Inference Attacks on Social Networks

NamePreventing Private Information Inference Attacks on Social Networks
Categorydata mining

On-line social networks, such as Facebook, are increasingly utilized by many people. These networks allow users to publish details about them- selves and connect to their friends. Some of the information revealed inside these networks is meant to be private. Yet it is possible that corporations could use learning algorithms on released data to predict undisclosed pri- vate information. In this paper, we explore how to launch inference at- tacks using released social networking data to predict undisclosed private information about individuals. We then devise three possible sanitization techniques that could be used in various situations. Then, we explore the effectiveness of these techniques by implementing them on a dataset obtained from the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas network of the Facebook so- cial networking application and attempting to use methods of collective inference to discover sensitive attributes of the data set. We show that we can decrease the effectiveness of both local and relational classification algorithms by using the sanitization methods we described. Further, we discover a problem domain where collective inference degrades the perfor- mance of classification algorithms for determining private attributes.

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ieee paper year2013
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