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Jingquan Li , Texas A&M University-San Antonio, San Antonio
Healthcare social networking sites (HSNS) are websites that provide users with tools and services to easily establish contact with each other around shared problems and to utilize the “wisdom of crowds” to attack disease. The increasing popularity of HSNS has combined with an increasing concern over the privacy of such health-related data published through these websites. This paper presents two case studies of how the openness philosophy of contemporary HSNS can open the door to unauthorized use and disclosure of sensitive personal health data. Prior research about how best to protect data privacy has been focused on specific technologies such as privacy settings and data anonymization. However, the fundamental challenge to data protection in healthcare social networks is more system-related than technical. This paper highlights the privacy risks introduced by HSNS and proposes a set of system requirements to tackle these privacy and security problems with a special emphasis on the prevention of privacy violations by the service provider.
Jingquan Li, "Data Protection in Healthcare Social Networks", IEEE Software, , no. 1, pp. 1, PrePrints PrePrints, doi:10.1109/MS.2013.99
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