Request For Research Presentations For the PrivacyCon Conference #28

Submission Number:
Solomon Negash
Initiative Name:
Request For Research Presentations For the PrivacyCon Conference
Mobile phones, tablets, wearables, and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies have become ubiquitous. These devices, collectively termed Smart Devices, have shifted the way personal information is collected and used by companies, hence, raising critical information privacy concerns (IPC). A survey found that 9 out of 10 adults believe they've lost control of how their personal information is collected and used. In this paper we discuss some of the trends that have contributed to the shift in personal IPC and recommend key features that should be included when studying individuals' IPC. The academic literature has identified IPC first order constructs; in this paper we identify second order constructs for IPC that have emerged as a results of the Smart Devices era we now live. Smart devices are always connected to the Internet making them vulnerable to hacking and malware exploits. Personal information of an individual logging through a third-party, like social media, would still be vulnerable. The FTC warns that signals emitted from mobile devices can be used to track individuals and this kind of tracking is invisible. Location-based and cross-device tracking can link different devices and create a digital fingerprint to link consumers to multiple devices. Despite these vulnerabilities, Smart Devices do not have even the level of privacy protection afforded to traditional computers. [Please see attached for extended abstract.]