Toward preserving privacy and functionality in geosocial networks Conference

Rahman, M, Ballesteros, J, Carbunar, B et al. (2013). Toward preserving privacy and functionality in geosocial networks . 207-209. 10.1145/2500423.2504577

cited authors

  • Rahman, M; Ballesteros, J; Carbunar, B; Rishe, N; Vasilakos, AV


  • Storing user friend lists, preferences and messages, online social networks have become a significant source of sensitive personal information. A recent addition to this space, geosocial networks (GSNs) such as Yelp [1] or Foursquare [2], collect even user locations, through check-ins performed by users at visited venues. Overtly, personal information allows GSN providers to offer a variety of applications, including personalized recommendations and targeted advertising, and venue owners to promote their businesses through spatio-temporal incentives (e.g., rewarding frequent customers through accumulated badges). Providing personal information exposes however users to significant risks, as social networks have been shown to leak [3] and even sell [4] user data to third parties. There exists therefore a conflict. Without privacy people may be reluctant to use geosocial networks; without user information the provider and venues cannot support applications and have no incentive to participate. © 2013 by the Association for Computing Machinery, Inc.

publication date

  • November 11, 2013

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

International Standard Book Number (ISBN) 13

start page

  • 207

end page

  • 209