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Usability versus privacy instead of usable privacy: Google's balancing act between usability and privacy

Gerber, Paul and Volkamer, Melanie and Renaud, Karen (2015):
Usability versus privacy instead of usable privacy: Google's balancing act between usability and privacy.
45, In: ACM SIGCAS Computers and Society, (1), pp. 16-21, DOI: 10.1145/2738210.2738214,
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Abstract

A smartphone is an indispensible device that also holds a great deal of personal and private data. Contact details, party or holiday photos and emails --- all carried around in our pockets and easily lost. On Android, the most widely-used smartphone operating system, access to this data is regulated by permissions. Apps request these permissions at installation, and they ideally only ask for permission to access data they really need to carry out their functions. The user is expected to check, and grant, requested permissions before installing the app. Their privacy can potentially be violated if they fail to check the permissions carefully. In June 2014 Google changed the Android permission screen, perhaps attempting to improve its usability. Does this mean that all is well in the Android eco-system, or was this update a retrograde move? This article discusses the new permission screen and its possible implications for smartphone owner privacy.

Item Type: Article
Erschienen: 2015
Creators: Gerber, Paul and Volkamer, Melanie and Renaud, Karen
Title: Usability versus privacy instead of usable privacy: Google's balancing act between usability and privacy
Language: English
Abstract:

A smartphone is an indispensible device that also holds a great deal of personal and private data. Contact details, party or holiday photos and emails --- all carried around in our pockets and easily lost. On Android, the most widely-used smartphone operating system, access to this data is regulated by permissions. Apps request these permissions at installation, and they ideally only ask for permission to access data they really need to carry out their functions. The user is expected to check, and grant, requested permissions before installing the app. Their privacy can potentially be violated if they fail to check the permissions carefully. In June 2014 Google changed the Android permission screen, perhaps attempting to improve its usability. Does this mean that all is well in the Android eco-system, or was this update a retrograde move? This article discusses the new permission screen and its possible implications for smartphone owner privacy.

Journal or Publication Title: ACM SIGCAS Computers and Society
Volume: 45
Number: 1
Uncontrolled Keywords: Security, Usability and Society;Secure Data
Divisions: LOEWE > LOEWE-Zentren > CASED – Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt
20 Department of Computer Science > SECUSO - Security, Usability and Society
Profile Areas > Cybersecurity (CYSEC)
LOEWE > LOEWE-Zentren
20 Department of Computer Science
Profile Areas
LOEWE
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2016 18:35
DOI: 10.1145/2738210.2738214
Identification Number: TUD-CS-2015-0047
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