A Comparative Study of Android and iOS Mobile Applications’ Data Handling Practices versus Compliance to Privacy Policy

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The exponential growth of the mobile application (app) industry has significant implications to user privacy. This can be attributed to the prevalent context of multiple apps use in which several privacy policies come into effect. More so, even in instances in which app policies are provided there is a possibility that app’s data handling practice do not fully comply with the apps privacy commitments as stated in its privacy policy. We conducted an assessment of the extent to which apps’ data practices matched their privacy policies. This study entails an in-depth comparison of Android and iOS apps’ privacy compliance. Our findings show potential sensitive user data flows from apps against the apps’ stated privacy commitments and further, that neither Android nor iOS app data handling practices fully comply with their privacy policies.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrivacy and Identity Management. The Smart Revolution
Subtitle of host publication12th IFIP WG 9.2, 9.5, 9.6/11.7, 11.6/SIG 9.2.2 International Summer School, Ispra, Italy, September 4-8, 2017, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsMarit Hansen, Eleni Kosta, Igor Nai-Fovino, Simone Fischer-Hubner
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9783319929255
ISBN (Print)9783319929248
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2018

Publication series

NameFIP advances in information and communication technology

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