“Overall, each app appears to exhibit a mean of 1.83 possible inconsistencies and that’s a huge number,” said Norman Sadeh, professor of computer science in CMU’s Institute for Software Research. The number of discrepancies is not necessarily surprising to privacy researchers, he added, “but if you’re talking to anyone else, they’re likely to say ‘My goodness!’”
Sadeh’s group is collaborating with the California Office of the Attorney General to use a customized version of its system to check for compliance with CalOPPA and to assess the effectiveness of CalOPPA and “Do Not Track” legislation.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Keep It Secret, Keep It Safe: Mobile Apps and Your Data
A new study out of Carnegie Melon University suggests that how a mobile app claims it will use your personal data is not always aligned with what it actually does: