Mobile applications and access to private data : the supply side of the Android ecosystem


Kesler, Reinhold ; Kummer, Michael E. ; Schulte, Patrick


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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/44177
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-441770
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2017
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW Discussion Papers
Volume: 17-075
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: O3, L1, D62, D85, D29,
Keywords (English): Mobile applications , developers , learning , data collection , privacy
Abstract: We analyze the data collection strategies of 65,000 developers in the market for mobile applications and track 300,000 applications over four years. Many apps belong to developers with multiple apps. This fact generates variation in the privacy behaviors of the same developer for our analysis. We uncover three stylized facts: First, developers “learn” to use increasingly intrusive data strategies as they become more experienced. Second, intrusive data collection is most likely in apps that target the 13+, and 16+ age category, which raises concerns for the protection of young app consumers. Third, even within developers, critical and atypical permissions predict problematic usage of private user data most successfully. Our findings inform both regulators and scientists who wish to model supply in the market for mobile apps.

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Kesler, Reinhold ; Kummer, Michael E. ; Schulte, Patrick (2017) Mobile applications and access to private data : the supply side of the Android ecosystem. Open Access ZEW Discussion Papers Mannheim 17-075 [Working paper]
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