Privacy Monitor for Firefox OS
Sammy PatenotteOral Defence Date:
Friday, August 12, 2016 - 16:00Location:
Assoc. Prof. Arno Puder & Assist. Prof. Hao Yue
Smartphone users are increasingly using applications (apps) to access information from their devices. A research done on Android apps indicates that only a few are effective in informing users about what type of private information they access. Popular mobile platforms such as iOS and Android provide useful ways for users to interact with appli-cations. However, many apps also access and collect private data including a user’s locations, contacts, etc. In many cases, it is not transparent to the user when an app accesses or transmits any of their data. Though app developers generally provide a list of used permissions during the installation process, it is not an effective method for informing the user. Additionally, many apps try to access data they do not need (e.g., the device ID) or access information more frequently than needed (e.g., geolocation). The objective of this project is to enhance Mozilla’s smartphone operating system, called Firefox OS (ffos), by adding a new API that allows monitoring of these accesses and helps the user to identify potential malicious apps.