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Online social networks routinely publish data of interest to third parties, but in so doing often reveal relationships, such as a friendship or contractual association, that an attacker can exploit. This systematic look at existing privacy-preservation techniques highlights the vulnerabilities of users even in networks that completely anonymize identities. Through a taxonomy that categorizes techniques according to the degree of user identity exposure, the authors examine the ways that existing approaches compromise relation privacy and offer more secure alternatives.
Date of Publication: May-June 2011