Toward Proactive Mobile Tracking Management

Toward Proactive Mobile Tracking Management

Hella Kaffel Ben Ayed (National School of Computer Science, University of Manouba, Manouba, Tunisia) and Asma Hamed (National School of Computer Science, University of Manouba, Manouba, Tunisia)
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 18
DOI: 10.4018/IJISP.2014100102
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Abstract

This paper presents an experimental study on mobile Web and mobile applications tracking. The study on Mobile Web tracking has been conducted on datasets collected by TrackScoreMobile, a Firefox add-on that has been developed and distributed to a set of Tunisian students and researchers. Results identify the factors that increase the privacy risk. The study on mobile applications tracking focuses on the permissions required by android applications. The findings point out on the mostly required permissions and the mostly tracked application categories. The originality of this work is summarized as follows: 1) identification and measurement of the parameters to quantify Web tracking, 2) identification of risky association between mobile applications permissions and associations between permissions and tracking components. The goal of this paper is to better understand how trackers rely on tracking components and on permissions for the purpose of tracking mobile users.
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Literature Review

In this section, related works on Web tracking are presented first. Second, related works on mobile apps tracking are depicted.

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