FBSecure generates recommendations based on your previous decisions and decisions made by the community who install similar Facebook applications. FBSecure requires gathering your decisions made on requested permissions to be able to provide such recommendations.
FBSecure is part of the ongoing research on privacy within social networks at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte http://liisp.uncc.edu
. For our research purposes and ONLY for research purposes, we collect the following data when users submit their decisions:
a) Decisions made on specific requested permissions
b) The recommendation values (if any) presented to the user at the time of making a decision.
c) The requested permissions by the application being installed.
d) The user's Facebook id which is ONLY used for serving recommendations that suit the user in future uses of the plugin. We will NEVER release or use any user's id for anything other than our research purpose of serving recommendations and it will NOT be used to gather further data.
This data is stored on the university's secure servers and are not used in anyway for any other reason other than the ones mentioned above.
We hope you continue to support our research which we hope brings a more secure user experience to future social networks.
Following is a detailed consent form for this research plugin:
***Recommendation based Open Authorization***
Thank you for choosing to participate in our research study on “Recommendation based Open Authorization “. Before installing our plugin, please read the consent form below and make sure you understand the statements and freely consent to participate in the study.
This study involves a Firefox web browser plugin experiment designed to understand how people respond to recommendations given on requested accesses by third party applications on Facebook. The plugin allows participants to customize what accesses to allow or deny, rather than being forced to allow all accesses or deny all of them. The study is being conducted by Said Marouf - Ph.D student.
No deception is involved, and the study involves no more than minimal risk to participants (i.e., the level of risk encountered in daily life).
Participation in the study involves installing a Firefox browser plugin and installing at least one 3rd party Facebook application onto your Facebook profile. When installing the 3rd party application of your choice, using the plugin will take around 10 seconds which involves making a set of decisions on each of the requested accesses by the 3rd party application. The plugin collects your Facebook id to map it to your decisions but is not used in any way to collect further information. Your id and decisions are treated as confidential, and in no case will data from individual participants be identified. Rather, all data will be pooled and published in aggregate form only.
Participating in this study will benefit participants by allowing them to restrict any undesired accesses requested by third party applications (e.g. some applications request your email address when there is no need to do so).
Participation is voluntary, refusal to take part in the study involves no penalty or loss of benefits to which participants are otherwise entitled, and participants may withdraw from the study at any time without penalty or loss of benefits to which they are otherwise entitled. If you chose to install our Firefox plugin, you can easily uninstall it at any time you wish by going to the “Tools” menu in Firefox, then to “Add-ons”, then uninstall the plugin.
If you have questions concerning the study, contact the principal investigator, Said Marouf by email at email@example.com