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Context is Everything - Sociality and Privacy in Online Social Network Sites

PRIVACY AND IDENTITY, IFIP AICT 320, pp. 48-65, A.M. Bezzi, ed., 2010

18 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2010  

Ronald E. Leenes

Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society; Tilburg Law School

Date Written: November 9, 2010

Abstract

Social Network Sites (SNSs) pose many privacy issues. Apart from the fact that privacy in an online social network site may sound like an oxymo- ron, significant privacy issues are caused by the way social structures are currently handled in SNSs. Conceptually different social groups are generally conflated into the singular notion of ‘friend’. This chapter argues that attention should be paid to the social dynamics of SNSs and the way people handle social contexts. It shows that SNS technology can be designed to support audience segregation, which should mitigate at least some of the privacy issues in Social Network Sites.

Keywords: social network sites, privacy

JEL Classification: K10, K12

Suggested Citation

Leenes, Ronald E., Context is Everything - Sociality and Privacy in Online Social Network Sites (November 9, 2010). PRIVACY AND IDENTITY, IFIP AICT 320, pp. 48-65, A.M. Bezzi, ed., 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1706295

Ronald Leenes (Contact Author)

Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society

NL-5000 LE Tilburg
Netherlands

Tilburg Law School ( email )

Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

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