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Novel user-friendly visualization for Android app permissions

LOCATION: Sputnik, TEL , Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7, 17th floor

Date/Time: 18.08.2015, 15:00-16:00

SPEAKER: Khac Hieu Huynh (TU Berlin)


During the last years the Android app market has developed quickly with a lot of third party developers offering applications for Android. Android uses a permission-based security system to control  access of third party applications to sensitive information stored on the smartphone. The risk evaluation is left to the user who has to evaluate whether the requested permissions are appropriate. Former work has shown that users lack attention to and understanding of the permissions which renders it difficult for them to make appropriate decisions. This talk presents two user studies in which a user interface to support users in understanding the permissions was tested.

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