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Short paper: Enhancing Mobile Application Permissions with Runtime Feedback and Constraints

Jaeyeon Jung, Seungyeop Han, and David Wetherall

Abstract

We report on a field study that uses a combination of OS measurements and qualitative interviews to highlight gaps between user expectations with respect to privacy and the result of using the existing permissions architecture to install mobile apps. Most of our participants expected advertising and analytics behavior, yet they were often surprised by applications’ data collection in the background and the level of data sharing with third parties that actually occurred. Given participant feedback, we propose platform support to reduce this “expectation gap” with transparency of data usage and constrained permissions.

Details

Publication typeInproceedings
Published inACM CCS Workshop on Security and Privacy in Smartphones and Mobile Devices
PublisherACM
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