Setting up relationships in social networks between alias IDs without disclosing personal Identification without consensus

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Publication Date: 03-Jul-2009
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Disclosed is a solution for connecting people in social networks based on real personal data, but without revealing any personal data to strangers. Currently users can only decide to be found by anyone or no one based on his/her privacy setting. A more advanced process is needed urgently, that puts the user into a position to decide whether he or she wants to be found based on the identity of the requester.

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Setting up relationships in social networks between alias IDs without disclosing personal Identification without consensus

Disclosed is a solution for connecting people in social networks based on real personal data, but without revealing any personal data to strangers. Currently users can only decide to be found by anyone or no one based on his/her privacy setting. A more advanced process is needed urgently, that puts the user into a position to decide whether he or she wants to be found based on the identity of the requester.

Social networks become more and more important to many people, spending time and expressing personality on platforms like facebook, myspace or youtube. Many internet services foster creating a digital identity, allowing for interacting with others in many kinds. Services like ebay, second life or mp3.com are taking this interaction as far as the transfer of money and goods.

For social networks it is an important success factor to establish links between known people, as the value of a social network will increase for the individual user through the number of real connections with their peers. Therefore increasing the chance for user to find known contacts within a particular network increases the likelihood of that user signing up or increases its loyalty.

Within social networks people often use virtual identities (avatars) in order not to expose any personal data related to publications, postings or content shown within network pages. This is motivated by keeping a sphere of privacy, as well as staying aware of identity threads. In many cases it is not desired, the link between a virtual and a real personality can be made by everyone.

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(current situation in social networks: People can only be found, when they decide to be found by anyone, the social network search engine directly answers search requests, without the user having the option to intervene)

Probably due to the goals of social networks, default privacy settings are often set rather unrestrictive until changed individually by the user. This increases the chance of new links between members, but leads to a situation, where users log on with faked names and details, to make sure no incidental disclosure of private data can be made. This recently also led to situations, where social network operators deleted accounts with obviously or estimated faked details.

Nevertheless, there is a demand for connecting to people known in real life within social networks. This solution allows for dropping general requests to such kind of networks in search of real life persons. With this request, the requestor gives some of his own personal information, enabling the person he is searching for to identify him or her as a known person.

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