Overall Objectives
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New Software and Platforms
New Results
Bilateral Contracts and Grants with Industry
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Section: New Results

Wi-Fi and privacy

Participants : Jagdish Achara, Mathieu Cunche, Vincent Roca.

In Android, installing an application implies accepting the permissions it requests, and these permissions are then enforced at runtime. In our WISEC 2014 paperĀ [29] , we focus on the privacy implications of the ACCESS_WIFI_STATE permission. For this purpose, we analyzed permissions of the 2700 most popular applications on Google Play and found that the ACCESS_WIFI_STATE permission is used by 41% of them. We then performed a static analysis of 998 applications requesting this permission and based on the results, chose 88 applications for dynamic analysis. Our analyses reveal that this permission is already used by some companies to collect user Personally Identifiable Information (PII). We also conducted an online survey to study users' perception of the privacy risks associated with this permission. This survey shows that users largely underestimate the privacy implications of this permission. As this permission is very common, most users are therefore potentially at risk.