PRIVACY IN SOCIAL NETWORKS
The term social network is what is used to describe a platform which is basically online and is used to bring together people with similar career, interests, background and activities and are sometimes connected in real life. It can also be defined as an online virtual community that connects families together, classmates, friends, and people of common interests to be able to share ideas.
Privacy by definition is the ability of a person or group of people to keep themselves and information about themselves in total isolation from the outside world. Privacy is of importance when it comes to social networks because these social networks application and websites collect huge amount of personal details of individuals relating to work, name, date of birth, languages, religious views etc. they even go as far as collecting information about their interests like hobbies, sport teams, and movies. These kinds of information tell us a lot about a person. A famous write once said that “if you feel like someone is watching you, you are right. If you express anxiety about it, you are not alone. And if you also feel helpless about it, it is the same with everyone else” (Bob Sullivan, 2011).
There was a famed information and security researcher by name don parker who investigated the growing ethical issues that are related to computers and went ahead to publish articles on computer crime which subsequently led to the proposing of code of ethics to association of computing machinery (ACM). This organization which is a professional body adopted the proposal in the 1970’s and it is known to be one of the laws that were enacted early enough to deal with ethics related issues. (Argawal and Garcia).
The use of social just to mention a few like Instagram, LinkedIn, twitter and Facebook is on the increase daily. Each of these social networks allowed registered users to divulge details of themselves and also to connect to their colleagues and friends. The information given out by individual users in social networking sites has attracted malicious individuals because the same technology that attracts participation of users also makes it possible for the organization to be easily infected with malware leading to shut down or theft of private information from their database. Privacy attacks are possible because of the information safe haven that social networks create or make the users feel.
Privacy issues relating to social networking tends to be mostly behavioral and not more of technological. It is easy for compromise to occur due to the amount of information individuals post about themselves on via various social networks which may include private and confidential things about themselves and may pose high risk to others and themselves. They also have features that invite user participation and third party platforms which makes it easy to exploit even if it is one single weakness in...