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To Improve Smartphone Privacy, Control Access to Third-Party Libraries

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Screenshot of the Protect My Privacy app.

An Android app developed at Carnegie Mellon University controls access to third-party libraries, which may be an effective way to limit the unwanted release of personal information.

Credit: Carnegie Mellon News

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) suggest controlling access to third-party libraries will help limit the undesired exposure of personal information by smartphone applications.

"Making decisions about what information to share with each library, rather than just what each app should share, dramatically reduces the number of decisions a user has to make to protect privacy," says CMU professor Yuvraj Agarwal.

The team analyzed the use of 11,000 popular Android apps by 1,300 people and found the top 30 libraries accounted for more than half of sensitive data taps.

The researchers developed the Protect My Privacy for Android app so users can make privacy decisions based on whether the app, or one or more included third-party libraries, should handle access to their sensitive data.

The team was to detail their research this week at the ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp 2017) in Hawaii.

From Carnegie Mellon News
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