A case study of intra-library privacy issues on Android GPS navigation apps

Stylianos Monogios, Konstantinos Limniotis*, Nicholas Kolokotronis, Stavros Shiaeles

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The Android unrestricted application market, being of open source nature, has made it a popular platform for third-party applications reaching millions of smart devices in the world. This tremendous increase in applications with an extensive API that includes access to phone hardware, settings, and user data raises concerns regarding users privacy, as the information collected from the apps could be used for profiling purposes. In this respect, this paper focuses on the geolocation data and analyses five GPS applications to identify the privacy risks if no appropriate safeguards are present. Our results show that GPS navigation apps have access to several types of device data, while they may allow for personal data leakage towards third parties such as library providers or tracking services without providing adequate or precise information to the users. Moreover, as they are using third-party libraries, they suffer from the intra-library collusion issue, that could be exploited from advertising and analytics companies through apps and gather large amount of personal information without the explicit consent of the user.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationE-Democracy – Safeguarding Democracy and Human Rights in the Digital Age
Subtitle of host publication8th International Conference, e-Democracy 2019, Athens, Greece, December 12-13, 2019, Proceedings
EditorsSokratis Katsikas, Vasilios Zorkadis
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-37545-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-37544-7
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020
Evente-Democracy: International Conference on e-Democracy - Athens, Greece
Duration: 12 Dec 201913 Dec 2019
Conference number: 8

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937


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