3LP: Three Layers of Protection for Individual Privacy in Facebook

  • Khondker Jahid RezaEmail author
  • Md Zahidul Islam
  • Vladimir Estivill-Castro
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 502)


The possibility that an unauthorised agent is able to infer a user’s hidden information (an attribute’s value) is known as attribute inference risk. It is one of the privacy issues for Facebook users in recent times. An existing technique [1] provides privacy by suppressing users’ attribute values from their profiles. However, suppression of an attribute value sometimes is not enough to secure a user’s confidential information. In this paper, we experimentally demonstrate that (after taking necessary steps on attribute values) a user’s sensitive information can still be inferred through his/her friendship information. We evaluated our approach experimentally on two datasets. We propose 3LP, a new three layers protection technique, to provide privacy protection to users of on-line social networks.


Privacy enhancing technologies Attribute inference 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Khondker Jahid Reza
    • 1
    Email author
  • Md Zahidul Islam
    • 1
  • Vladimir Estivill-Castro
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Computing and MathematicsCharles Sturt UniversityBathurstAustralia
  2. 2.DTIC Universitat Pompeu FabraBarcelonaSpain

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