Formalising Privacy Policies for Social Networks
Licentiatavhandling, 2015

Social Network Services (SNSs) have changed the way people communicate, bringing many benefits but also the possibility of new threats. Privacy is one of them. We present here a framework to write privacy policies for SNSs and to reason about such policies in the presence of events making the network to evolve. The framework includes a model of SNSs, a logic to specify properties and reasoning about the knowledge of the users (agents) of the SNS, and a formal language to write privacy policies. Agents are enhanced with a reasoning engine allowing to infer knowledge from previously acquired one. To describe the way SNSs may evolve, we provide operational semantics rules which are classified into four categories: epistemic, topological, policy, and hybrid, depending on whether the events under consideration change the knowledge of the SNS' users, the structure of the social graph, the privacy policies, or a combination of the above, respectively. We provide specific rules for describing Twitter's behaviour, and prove that it is privacy-preserving (i.e., that privacy is preserved under any possible event of the system). We also show how Twitter and Facebook are not privacy-preserving in the presence of additional natural privacy policies.

Epistemic Logic

Social Networks

Privacy

Knowledge base

room EF, EDIT building, Rännvägen 6B, Chalmers University of Technology
Opponent: Deepak Garg, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems,Germany.

Författare

Raul Pardo Jimenez

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Programvaruteknik

Styrkeområden

Informations- och kommunikationsteknik

Ämneskategorier

Datavetenskap (datalogi)

room EF, EDIT building, Rännvägen 6B, Chalmers University of Technology

Opponent: Deepak Garg, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems,Germany.