Privacy concerns of mobile apps

With the advent of smartphones and wireless data communication technology, the pace at which people generate, access, and acquire data has accelerated significantly. Mobile phones are now rich deposits of memories and information that chronicle peoples’ lives. As a result, mobile privacy is rapidly emerging as a contested field of study for mobile developers, industry leaders and the public. There are several projects available that address different aspects of mobile privacy including the development of an app store that allows users to search for apps that comply with their privacy preferences; performing user studies to gauge interest/concern around privacy notices of apps; and supporting the development of policy-compliant mobile apps. Please contact Lalana Kagal at lkagal@csail.mit.edu.