Request For Research Presentations For the PrivacyCon Conference #45

Submission Number:
Periwinkle Doerfler
New York
Initiative Name:
Request For Research Presentations For the PrivacyCon Conference
Researchers involved: Periwinkle Doerfler, [redacted], [redacted] Rahul Chatterjee, [redacted] Sam Havron, [redacted].edu Damon McCoy, [redacted] Thomas Ristenpart, [redacted] Karen Levy, [redacted] Nicki Dell, [redacted] Diana Freed, [redacted] To address the requested information: We would like to present on our work relating to spyware and tracking apps that are being used to facilitate domestic abuse. This is the first comprehensive study of tracking applications which have the ability to be used to conduct surveillance on a romantic partner without their consent. Our research builds on previous findings indicating that a great number of applications, including many freely available on both the Android and Apple app store, can be and are being abused to facilitate domestic violence. We further find that many of the companies that make these applications are complicit in this abuse, either by explicitly advertising this use case, or by condoning it in customer service interactions. An extended abstract is attached, and we intend to submit a complete paper for publication at IEEE's annual symposium on privacy and security. (Often referred to in the field simply as Oakland). As part of the presentation we would like to demonstrate live search results, indicating that these companies advertise on search terms such as "how to track my girlfriend without her knowing", as well as give a demonstration of a completely undetectable surveillance app which we have found freely available on the app store.