Faculty Advisor

Dougherty, Daniel J.

Faculty Advisor

Wills, Craig E


With over half a billion users, online social networks (OSNs) are becoming part of everyday life. However, the large amount of information shared on these networks has become a privacy concern. The privacy settings for OSNs can be difficult to understand, especially for novice users. This project investigates the privacy settings for a popular OSN, Facebook. Part of the project involves development of Privacy Helper, an application that can be run from inside Facebook and that helps users understand the intricacies of their privacy settings. Statistics gathered from use of this application are then analyzed to investigate the relationship between a user's desired settings and current settings.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2009


Computer Science

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Computer Science