While some privacy advocates are warily eyeing our smart refrigerators and Internet-enabled toaster ovens, Professor Shriram Krishnamurthi and PhD candidate Hannah Quay-de la Vallee of Brown University's Department of Computer Science (Brown CS) have turned their attention to an area that's been largely overlooked: app stores, which power our phones and tablets as well as our smart homes.
"Most app stores," they write for Fast Company, "completely fail to help users protect their privacy." Their op-ed points out the need for preserving privacy in this "beating heart of smartphone ecosystems, where most users go to search, discover, and install apps", evaluates the current configurations at Google and Apple, and recommends simple solutions for improved privacy design thinking.
The full piece is available here.
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