Date of Award



InformationSystems Technology

Faculty Advisor

Woodward, Belle


Over the past several years many individuals have jumped on the social networking bandwagon to create Facebook accounts linking their lives to the outside world, over four hundred million according to Facebook (Facebook, 2012). Whether it’s your personal privacy or property, knowing what information to post or share on social networking sites such as Facebook could be the key in protecting both. This research will focus on possible privacy concerns within social networking sites using Richard Mason’s groundbreaking PAPA (Privacy, Accuracy, Property, and Accessibility) Framework (Mason, 1986). The PAPA Framework will be used to identify what is being shared on social networking sites and how publishing certain information can negatively affect an individual’s privacy. This research will revisit Mason’s PAPA Framework and apply it to today’s individual privacy risks concerning social net-working, primarily Facebook.