Can smartphone users turn off tracking service settings?

Moonsamy, Veelasha, Batten, Lynn and Shore, Malcolm 2013, Can smartphone users turn off tracking service settings?, in MoMM 2013 : Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Advances in Mobile Computing & Multimedia, Association for Computing Machinery, [Vienna, Austria], pp. 455-463.

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Title Can smartphone users turn off tracking service settings?
Author(s) Moonsamy, Veelasha
Batten, Lynn
Shore, Malcolm
Conference name Advances in Mobile Computing & Multimedia. Conference (11th : 2013 : Vienna, Austria)
Conference location Vienna, Austria
Conference dates 2-4 Dec. 2013
Title of proceedings MoMM 2013 : Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Advances in Mobile Computing & Multimedia
Editor(s) Mayrhofer, Rene
Chen, Luke
Steinbauer, Matthias
Kotsis, Gabriele
Khalil, Ismail
Publication date 2013
Conference series International Conference on Advances in Mobile Computing & Multimedia
Start page 455
End page 463
Total pages 9
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery
Place of publication [Vienna, Austria]
Keyword(s) android
iOS
smartphones
location services
advertising
Summary Tracking services play a fundamental role in the smartphone ecosystem. While their primary purpose is to provide a smartphone user with the ability to regulate the extent of sharing private information with external parties, these services can also be misused by advertisers in order to boost revenues. In this paper, we investigate tracking services on the Android and iOS smartphone platforms. We present a simple and effective way to monitor traffic generated by tracking services to and from the smartphone and external servers. To evaluate our work, we dynamically execute a set of Android and iOS applications, collected from their respective official markets. Our empirical results indicate that even if the user disables or limits tracking services on the smartphone, applications can by-pass those settings and, consequently, leak private information to external parties. On the other hand, when testing the location 'on' setting, we notice that generally location is not tracked.
ISBN 9781450321068
Language eng
Field of Research 080502 Mobile Technologies
Socio Economic Objective 890104 Mobile Telephone Networks and Services
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
HERDC collection year 2013
Copyright notice ©2013, Association for Computing Machinery
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30061634

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