An Information Privacy Risk Index for mHealth Apps

Proceedings Annual Privacy Forum 2016

13 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2016 Last revised: 10 Sep 2016

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Thomas Brüggemann

University of Cologne

Joel Hansen

University of Cologne

Tobias Dehling

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Ali Sunyaev

University of Cologne

Date Written: September 7, 2016

Abstract

While the mobile application (app) market, including mobile health (mHealth) apps, is flourishing, communication and assessment of information privacy risks of app use has, in contrast, found only cursory attention. Neither research nor practice offers any useful and widely accepted tools facilitating communication and assessment of information privacy risks. We conduct a feasibility study and develop a prototypical instantiation of an information privacy risk index for mHealth apps. The developed information privacy risk index offers more detailed information than privacy seals without suffering from the information overload and inconsistent structure of privacy policies. In addition, the information privacy risk index allows for seamless comparison of information privacy risk factors between apps. Our research adds to the transparency debate in the information privacy domain by illustrating an alternative approach to communication of information privacy risks and investigating a promising approach to enable users to compare information privacy risks between apps.

Keywords: information privacy, risks, mhealth, mobile health, privacy enhancing technologies, usable privacy

JEL Classification: L86

Suggested Citation

Brüggemann, Thomas and Hansen, Joel and Dehling, Tobias and Sunyaev, Ali, An Information Privacy Risk Index for mHealth Apps (September 7, 2016). Proceedings Annual Privacy Forum 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2809525

Thomas Brüggemann

University of Cologne ( email )

Albertus-Magnus-Platz
Cologne, 50923
Germany

Joel Hansen

University of Cologne ( email )

Albertus-Magnus-Platz
Cologne, 50923
Germany

Tobias Dehling (Contact Author)

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology ( email )

Kaiserstraße 12
Karlsruhe, Baden Württemberg 76131
Germany

Ali Sunyaev

University of Cologne ( email )

Albertus-Magnus-Platz
Cologne, 50923
Germany

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