Visible to the public Privacy Is The Best Policy: A Framework for BLE Beacon Privacy Management

TitlePrivacy Is The Best Policy: A Framework for BLE Beacon Privacy Management
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsBello-Ogunu, Emmanuel, Shehab, Mohamed, Miazi, Nazmus Sakib
Conference Name2019 IEEE 43rd Annual Computer Software and Applications Conference (COMPSAC)
Keywordsadvertising, beacon privacy manager, BLE Beacon Privacy management, BLE Beacons, BLE signals, Bluetooth, bluetooth low energy, bluetooth low energy beacon, data privacy, Human Behavior, Internet of Things, policy configuration platform, Policy Management, privacy, Privacy Policies, privacy policy, proof-of-concept app, pubcrawl, Receivers, Scalability, smart phones, telecommunication computing, telecommunication network management, telecommunication security, trustworthy privacy management, user behavior, user experience, user-driven privacy policy configuration
AbstractBluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons are an emerging type of technology in the Internet-of-Things (IoT) realm, which use BLE signals to broadcast a unique identifier that is detected by a compatible device to determine the location of nearby users. Beacons can be used to provide a tailored user experience with each encounter, yet can also constitute an invasion of privacy, due to their covertness and ability to track user behavior. Therefore, we hypothesize that user-driven privacy policy configuration is key to enabling effective and trustworthy privacy management during beacon encounters. We developed a framework for beacon privacy management that provides a policy configuration platform. Through an empirical analysis with 90 users, we evaluated this framework through a proof-of-concept app called Beacon Privacy Manager (BPM), which focused on the user experience of such a tool. Using BPM, we provided users with the ability to create privacy policies for beacons, testing different configuration schemes to refine the framework and then offer recommendations for future research.
Citation Keybello-ogunu_privacy_2019