PoX: Protecting Users From Malicious Facebook Applications
Source: University of California
Online social networks such as Facebook, MySpace, and Orkut store large amounts of sensitive user data. While a user can legitimately assume that a social network provider adheres to strict privacy standards, the authors argue that it is unwise to trust third-party applications on these platforms in the same way. Although the social network provider would be in the best position to implement fine-grained access control for third party applications directly into the platform, existing mechanisms are not convincing. Therefore, they introduce PoX, an extension for Facebook that makes all requests for private data explicit to the user and allows her to exert fine-grained access control over what profile data can be accessed by individual applications.