Towards better privacy preservation by detecting personal events in photos shared within online social networks

Abstract : Today, social networking has considerably changed why people are taking pictures all the time everywhere they go. More than 500 million photos are uploaded and shared every day, along with more than 200 hours of videos every minute. More particularly, with the ubiquity of smartphones, social network users are now taking photos of events in their lives, travels, experiences, etc. and instantly uploading them online. Such public data sharing puts at risk the users’ privacy and expose them to a surveillance that is growing at a very rapid rate. Furthermore, new techniques are used today to extract publicly shared data and combine it with other data in ways never before thought possible. However, social networks users do not realize the wealth of information gathered from image data and which could be used to track all their activities at every moment (e.g., the case of cyberstalking). Therefore, in many situations (such as politics, fraud fighting and cultural critics, etc.), it becomes extremely hard to maintain individuals’ anonymity when the authors of the published data need to remain anonymous.Thus, the aim of this work is to provide a privacy-preserving constraint (de-linkability) to bound the amount of information that can be used to re-identify individuals using online profile information. Firstly, we provide a framework able to quantify the re-identification threat and sanitize multimedia documents to be published and shared. Secondly, we propose a new approach to enrich the profile information of the individuals to protect. Therefore, we exploit personal events in the individuals’ own posts as well as those shared by their friends/contacts. Specifically, our approach is able to detect and link users’ elementary events using photos (and related metadata) shared within their online social networks. A prototype has been implemented and several experiments have been conducted in this work to validate our different contributions.
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Eliana Raad. Towards better privacy preservation by detecting personal events in photos shared within online social networks. Other [cs.OH]. Université de Bourgogne, 2015. English. ⟨NNT : 2015DIJOS079⟩. ⟨tel-01719723⟩

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