The biopolitics of privacy in MalluApps and Pandacat:

An analysis of third party fun apps in Facebook

  • M. Shuaib Mohamed Haneef Department of Electronic Media and Mass Communication, Pondicherry University
  • Rajeesh Kumar TV Department of Electronic Media and Mass Communication, Pondicherry University

Abstract

There is a glut of ethical concerns, emergent and generative, involving Facebook and third party applications within Facebook. This paper seeks to explore the potential ethical and privacy concerns of third party applications deployed in Facebook by analysing two popular applications namely www.malluapps.net (in Indian native languages) and www.pandacat.me . By carrying out an analysis of the privacy statements of the two applications, the paper examines how privacy concerns are articulated in terms of users’ privacy, liability, information transfer and sharing. The privacy concerns arising out of the analysis has been examined through Helen Nissenbaum’s (2010) normative privacy model of ‘contextual integrity’. Further, the paper seeks to explore how users, through the regime of biopolitics, get exploited and cede themselves and their privacy to the owners of the two applications.

Published
Aug 9, 2018
How to Cite
HANEEF, M. Shuaib Mohamed; TV, Rajeesh Kumar. The biopolitics of privacy in MalluApps and Pandacat:. Communication and Culture Review, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, p. 38-49, aug. 2018. Available at: <http://communicationandculturereview.in/index.php/communication_culture_review/article/view/32>. Date accessed: 19 sep. 2019.