UDC 340.64(497.11)
Biblid: 1451-3188, 10 (2011)
Vol. 11, No 37-38, pp. 271-281

Оriginal article
Received: 01 Jan 1970
Accepted: 01 Jan 1970


Uljanov Sergej (МУП РС УКП, НЦБ ИНТЕРПОЛ Београд),
Ivanović Zvonimir (КПА, Београд)

All existing applications on social network sites are intended to facilitate means of communication and as it is the case with some form of social prosthetics this raises a lot of questions. At this moment, the protection of privacy and personal data and their distribution is the question that is crucial for Serbia (and the world) since no adequate protection has been established in that field, this concerning everyone who publishes this kind of information online. For that kind of problem, we should just consider the sites of Serbian companies, which fail to protect their information and by that, they facilitate perpetrators in many ways in obtaining very personal and other valuable data from the Internet pages offering information on their employees. If we add to what has been previously said some alternative ways of obtaining information, we can just imagine the dimensions of possible exploiting and types of abuse. It is not hard to hypothesize, given the security measures that administrators of Facebook (or other networks or web 2.0 applications) carry out, that it can be easily exploited in various ways. It is very important to explore the current Serbian legislation dealing with the protection of Internet users, with special emphasis on social networking online, this also including other virtual spaces, which could provide various personal and other data. Every kind of information published on the Internet is irreversibly and permanently archived in the database of Internet Crawlers and in that way, it is accessible to anyone, what creates additional risk to the information owner (or someone close to him).

Keywords: Social networks, Web 2.0 applications, legal protection of Internet users, identity theft, mobile social networks