Permission vs. App Limiters: Profiling Smartphone Users to Understand Differing Strategies for Mobile Privacy Management

Ashwaq Alsoubai, Reza Ghaiumy Anaraky, Yao Li, Xinru Page, Bart Knijnenburg, Pamela J. Wisniewski
2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems  
We conducted a user study with 380 Android users, profling them according to two key privacy behaviors: the number of apps installed and the Dangerous permissions granted to those apps. We identifed four unique privacy profles: 1) Privacy Balancers (49.74% of participants), 2) Permission Limiters (28.68% ), 3) App Limiters (14.74%), and 4) the Privacy Unconcerned (6.84%). App and Permission Limiters were signifcantly more concerned about perceived surveillance than Privacy Balancers and the
more » ... acy Unconcerned. App Limiters had the lowest number of apps installed on their devices with the lowest intention of using apps and sharing information with them, compared to Permission Limiters who had the highest number of apps installed and reported higher intention to share information with apps. The four profles refect the difering privacy management strategies, perceptions, and intentions of Android users that go beyond the binary decision to share or withhold information via mobile apps. CCS CONCEPTS • Security and privacy → Usability in security and privacy; • Human-centered computing → Human computer interaction (HCI); • Empirical studies in HCI;
doi:10.1145/3491102.3517652 fatcat:fxcepnpsxbdhhbzuit3h74fn2u