Android, main operating system of smartphones sold throughout the world, allows its users many actions: phone calls, messages sending, web browsing, applications downloads… The latter are not always respectful of their users privacy, and can learn more information than they ask for thanks to locations: commercial habits, place of living, diseases, political ideas or religious involvement can be mined out of them.
In this context, I developed the Privacy Protection Center, an Android application that has several features:
- analyse applications access to locations, eg show to the user that Facebook accessed his location 18 times in the present day;
- evaluate the risks for the privacy, reproducing known attacks on users data and displaying what can be deduced from them;
- activate protection mecanisms as a consequence: the application, acting as a real privacy control center, can furnish « safe » locations to applications, in order to guarantee users privacy protection.
More information can be found on the first part of my master’s thesis report.