Abstract—As the use of computers and the internet become more popular and emerging from time to time, the issue of protecting personal information has become more vital and crucial. In order to protect the personal information, several organizations and countries have issued legislation, laws and rules which should be followed in order to protect personal information. Furthermore, there is no awareness among the Malaysians who use Facebook especially about their rights and protections by the law. Thus, a set of questionnaire has been distributed to 274 of UiTM Pahang students randomly to measure their perceptions on the data visibility via Facebook and suggested the precaution that should be taken to prevent any unintended issues such as cybercrime, suicide, sexual harassment, identity theft, copyright infringement involving videos and pictures. The analysis findings revealed that 68.6% of respondents were aware of the risks occurring once they disclose their private information in Facebook and 69% of them were aware that they have the rights on the personal information provided under a law. Through education and awareness, users will be more willingly and effectively utilize privacy and security settings available on SNS.
Index Terms—Facebook, privacy concerns, social networking, data protection.
Mohd. Ikhsan Md. Raus and Saadiah Yahya are a Computer Science
lecturer at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Cawangan Pahang, 26400
Bandar Tun Abdul Razak Jengka, Pahang Darul Makmur (e-mail:
Ikmal Hisham Md Tah is a Law lecturer at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Kampus Kuantan, Kuantan, Pahang Darul Makmur (e-mail: email@example.com).
Cite: Mohd. Ikhsan Md. Raus, Ikmal Hisham Md. Tah, and Saadiah Yahya, "Personal Information Disclosure in Facebook: The Awareness of UiTM Pahang Students," International Journal of Future Computer and Communication vol. 2, no. 3 pp. 258-262, 2013.