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Towards Improving Privacy Awareness Regarding Apps’ Permissions
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. (Privacy and Security, PriSec)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5235-5335
Technische Universität Berlin, Germany.
2017 (English)In: Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Digital Society and eGovernments – ICDS 2017, International Academy, Research and Industry Association (IARIA), 2017Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
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International Academy, Research and Industry Association (IARIA), 2017.
Keyword [en]
Mobile Operating Systems; Mobile Phone Privacy; Control and Management of Privacy
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Computer Sciences
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Computer Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-65607ISBN: 978-1-61208-537-1 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-65607DiVA: diva2:1174225
Conference
The Eleventh International Conference on Digital Society and eGovernments – ICDS 2017, March 19-23, 2017; Nice, France
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Empirical studies show that the flow of personal information through mobile apps has made the device vulnerable in terms of privacy. Cumbersome and inconvenient representation of terms and conditions encourages the user to ignore it and disclose sensitive private information unintentionally. Hence, summarized permissions are presented on mobile devices and users tend to overlook them as well. Rigid structure for us- ing a service and inherited behaviour from desktop applications to accept everything are the reasons behind compelling the user to proceed with- out paying any attention. Complex permission structure is also a major impediment for consumers that makes it difficult to perceive appropri- ate consequences of their decisions. We argue that as privacy strongly depends on individual perception, the key to educate and empower the users is to providing them with transparency of what is happening on their smartphones. In consequence we suggest a convenient, transparent and proactive approach to help in understanding and deciding upon pri- vacy implications of apps. We introduce a tool that presents the summary of what applications are installed on a smartphone, which resources they access, and what are the reasons for that. Moreover, the tool is capable of informing the user when certain sensitive data is accessed. 

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