2009-2010

Wall Street Journal Cites WPI Research in Article on Privacy Loopholes in Social Networking Sites

Study by WPI's Craig Wills and a colleague at AT&T exposed leakage of personal information to third-party advertising tracking sites

Study by WPI's Craig Wills exposed leakage of personal information to third-party advertising tracking sites

A story in the May 21, 2010, Wall Street Journal describes practices by Facebook and other social networking sites that results in personally identifiable information about users being shared with third-party sites that track users' web browsing behavior for advertisers. As the article notes, the practices were first observed by Craig Wills, professor of computer science at WPI, and a colleague at AT&T, who detailed them in a paper they presented at a conference on social networking in the summer of 2009. Wills has since testified about the practices before a Federal Trade Commission panel on behavioral advertising.

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The article has generated considerable discussion among technology professionals and writers and has been covered by numerous newspapers and technology publications, including the Washington Post, BusinessWeek, Forbes, PC World,  and the San Jose Mercury News.

 

 

May 21, 2010

 
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