No Risk, More Fun! Automating Breach of Confidentiality Risk Assessment for Android Mobile Health Applications
Proceedings of the 52nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2019), Forthcoming
10 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2018
Date Written: 2018
With the rapidly rising number of mobile health (mHealth) applications (apps), it is unfeasible to manually review mHealth apps for information privacy risks. One salient information privacy risk of mHealth apps are confidentiality breaches. We explore whether and how static code analysis is a feasible technology for app review automation. Evaluation of our research prototype shows that, on average, our prototype detected one breach of confidentiality risk more than human reviewers. Contributions are the demonstration that static code analysis is a feasible technology for detection of confidentiality breaches in mHealth apps, the derivation of eight generic design patterns for confidentiality breach risk assessments, and the identification of architectural challenges that need to be resolved for widespread dissemination of breach of confidentiality risk assessment tools. In terms of effectiveness, humans still outperform computers. However, we build a foundation for leveraging computation power to scale up breach of confidentiality risk assessments.
Keywords: information privacy, mHealth, static code analysis, breach of confidentiality, mobile health
JEL Classification: L86
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