Visible to the public Investigating the Value of Privacy within the Internet of Things

TitleInvestigating the Value of Privacy within the Internet of Things
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsMayle, A., Bidoki, N. H., Masnadi, S., Boeloeni, L., Turgut, D.
Conference NameGLOBECOM 2017 - 2017 IEEE Global Communications Conference
KeywordsAndroid (operating system), Android operating system, Companies, Computing Theory, data privacy, data protection, game theory, game-theoretic concept, Human Behavior, human factor, Internet of Things, IoT devices, IoT transaction privacy, Mobile communication, mobile computing, Operating systems, personal data exchange, personal information, phones, privacy, PrivacyGate, pubcrawl, resilience, Resiliency, Scalability, user privacy protection

Many companies within the Internet of Things (IoT) sector rely on the personal data of users to deliver and monetize their services, creating a high demand for personal information. A user can be seen as making a series of transactions, each involving the exchange of personal data for a service. In this paper, we argue that privacy can be described quantitatively, using the game- theoretic concept of value of information (VoI), enabling us to assess whether each exchange is an advantageous one for the user. We introduce PrivacyGate, an extension to the Android operating system built for the purpose of studying privacy of IoT transactions. An example study, and its initial results, are provided to illustrate its capabilities.

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