“It’s Shocking!": Analysing the Impact and Reactions to the A3: Android Apps Behaviour Analyser

Majid Hatamian, Agnieszka Kitkowska, Jana Korunovska, Sabrina Kirrane

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Abstract

The lack of privacy awareness in smartphone ecosystems prevents users from being able to compare apps in terms of privacy and from making informed privacy decisions. In this paper we analysed smartphone users’ privacy perceptions and concerns based on a novel privacy enhancing tool called Android Apps Behaviour Analyser (A3). The A3 tool enables user to behaviourally analyse the privacy aspects of their installed apps and notifies about potential privacy invasive activities. To examine the capabilities of A3 we designed a user study. We captured and contrasted privacy concern and perception of 52 participants, before and after using our tool. The results showed that A3 enables users to easily detect their smartphone app’s privacy violation activities. Further, we found that there is a significant difference between users’ privacy concern and expectation before and after using A3 and the majority of them were surprised to learn how often their installed apps access personal resources. Overall, we observed that the A3 tool was capable to influence the participants’ attitude towards protecting their privacy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationData and Applications Security and Privacy XXXII
Subtitle of host publication32nd Annual IFIP WG 11.3 Conference, DBSec 2018, Bergamo, Italy, July 16–18, 2018, Proceedings
EditorsFlorian Kerschbaum, Stefano Paraboschi
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer
Pages198-215
Number of pages19
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9783319957296
ISBN (Print)9783319957289
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event32nd Annual Conference on Data and Applications Security and Privacy - Bergamo, Italy
Duration: 16 Jul 2018 → …

Publication series

NameInformation Systems and Applications, incl. Internet/Web, and HCI
PublisherSpringer
Volume10980

Conference

Conference32nd Annual Conference on Data and Applications Security and Privacy
Abbreviated titleDBSec 2018
CountryItaly
CityBergamo
Period16/07/18 → …

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