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A Comparative Study of Privacy Policies for Internet of Things Services – Bachelor thesis description

Type
Bachelor-Thesis
Title
A Comparative Study of Privacy Policies for Internet of Things Services – Bachelor thesis description
Supervisor
Abstract

Introduction

The Internet of things (IoT) is one of the newly emerging paradigms of computing where machines and everyday objects (“things”) are connected to the Internet. It is predicted that by the end of 2020, we will have 212 billion things connected to the Internet [1].

While the IoT presents tremendous opportunities to solve societal challenges such as in the case of assisted living, it also presents threats to privacy. Like many other services, IoT services are also subjected to regulatory obligations with respect to users’ privacy.  As such, they are obliged to inform the user how and to what purpose they collect user data.

One way of informing the user with respect to the purpose of data collection and respect of the privacy is through privacy policies. Privacy policies are regarded as frameworks for contractual agreements between users and service providers, in that, the providers declare their data collection, deletion, transfer and handling mechanisms to users.

Thesis Objective

The objective of this thesis is to compare English written privacy policies of IoT apps, and identify the key declarations within. The thesis will perform a comparative study of these policies using parametric properties from the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Furthermore, a simplistic overall scoring to create a ranking of the examined privacy preferences is to be conducted.

Expected Results

  • Brief summary of IoT privacy policies     
  • Classifying IoT privacy policies using properties from the GDPR
  • Simplistic ranking of IoT privacy policies

Expected Knowledge

  • Basic statistic data evaluation (SPSS, R, Mathlab, Statista, ...)

Extension to Master Thesis

It is possible to extend the topic of this thesis in several directions to fulfill the requirements of a master thesis. If you are looking for a master thesis and interested in this topic, don't hesitate to contact us and we can discuss about the extensions.

Contact

Dr. Sebastian Pape

Chair of Mobile Business and Multilateral Security, Goethe University Frankfurt

Email: sebastian.pape@m-chair.de              

Welderufael Tesfay, MSc, Doctoral Candidate

Chair of Mobile Business and Multilateral Security, Goethe University Frankfurt

Email: welderufael.tesfay@m-chair.de

Reference:

1.     Gubbi, J., Buyya, R., Marusic, S., & Palaniswami, M. (2013). Internet of Things (IoT): A vision, architectural elements, and future directions. Future generation computer systems29(7), 1645-1660.