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Investigating Users’ Reaction to Fine-Grained Data Requests: A Market Experiment

Eling, Nicole and Rasthofer, Siegfried and Kolhagen, Max and Bodden, Eric and Buxmann, Peter (2016):
Investigating Users’ Reaction to Fine-Grained Data Requests: A Market Experiment.
In: Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), Grand Hyatt, Kauai, HI, USA, 05.-08.01.2016, [Conference or Workshop Item]

Abstract

The market for smartphone applications is steadily growing. Unfortunately, along with this growth, the number of malicious applications is increasing as well. To identify this malware, various automatic code-analysis tools have been developed. These tools are able to assess the risk associated with a specific app. However, informing users about these findings is often difficult. Currently, on Android, users decide about applications based on coarse-grained permission dialogs during installation. As these dialogs are quite abstract, many users do not read or understand them. Thus, to make the more detailed findings from security research accessible, new mechanisms for privacy communication need to be assessed. In our market experiment, we investigate how fine-grained data requests during runtime affect users’ information disclosure. We find that many users reverse their decision when prompted with a fine-grained request. Additionally, an effect of security awareness and level of detail on disclosure was found.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2016
Creators: Eling, Nicole and Rasthofer, Siegfried and Kolhagen, Max and Bodden, Eric and Buxmann, Peter
Title: Investigating Users’ Reaction to Fine-Grained Data Requests: A Market Experiment
Language: English
Abstract:

The market for smartphone applications is steadily growing. Unfortunately, along with this growth, the number of malicious applications is increasing as well. To identify this malware, various automatic code-analysis tools have been developed. These tools are able to assess the risk associated with a specific app. However, informing users about these findings is often difficult. Currently, on Android, users decide about applications based on coarse-grained permission dialogs during installation. As these dialogs are quite abstract, many users do not read or understand them. Thus, to make the more detailed findings from security research accessible, new mechanisms for privacy communication need to be assessed. In our market experiment, we investigate how fine-grained data requests during runtime affect users’ information disclosure. We find that many users reverse their decision when prompted with a fine-grained request. Additionally, an effect of security awareness and level of detail on disclosure was found.

Divisions: 01 Department of Law and Economics
01 Department of Law and Economics > Betriebswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete
01 Department of Law and Economics > Betriebswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete > Information Systems
01 Department of Law and Economics > Betriebswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete > Fachgebiet Software Business & Information Management
Event Title: Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS)
Event Location: Grand Hyatt, Kauai, HI, USA
Event Dates: 05.-08.01.2016
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2015 14:41
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