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A study analyzes pre-installed software on Android devices and its privacy risks for users

19 Mar 2019 - 12:50 (Madrid Time) -- seltime-editor

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) and the IMDEA Networks Institute, in collaboration with the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) at  Berkeley (USA) and Stony Brook University of New York (USA), have carried out a study that encompasses 82,000 pre-installed apps in more than 1,700 devices manufactured by 214 brands, revealing the existence of a complex ecosystem of manufacturers, mobile operators, app developers and providers, with a wide network of relationships between them. This includes specialized organizations in user monitoring and tracking and in providing Internet advertising.  Many of the pre-installed apps facilitate access to privileged data and resources, without the average user being aware of their presence or being able to uninstall them.

Data Transparency efforts receive major boost at IMDEA Networks

21 Dec 2018 - 10:00 (Madrid Time) -- seltime-editor

IMDEA Networks Institute, the networking research institute, has announced the incorporation of Dr. Nikolaos Laoutaris as Research Professor at its Madrid facility.  In this role, Dr. Laoutaris joins the Institute’s top researchers who are leading the laboratory’s scientific development of future network technologies.

SMOOTH transitioning to GDPR compliance for MEnts

30 Nov 2018 - 09:58 (Madrid Time) -- op-net-admin

A new European innovation action under the H2020 Cibersecurity-PPP funding program is assisting micro enterprises, also known as MEnts, to comply with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which was launched in 2018 to enhance privacy protection for all European citizens. The SMOOTH project, in which IMDEA Networks Institute participates, aims to become the reference platform for MEnts transitioning to GDPR compliance, whilst safeguarding the interests of EU citizenry on data privacy and security.

No more messing around with passwords

02 Oct 2018 - 13:26 (Madrid Time) -- seltime-editor

Who doesn’t have web accounts and faces a daily challenge of having to save and remember a plethora of usernames and passwords? An international team of researchers has unveiled a new secure authentication platform for mobile devices that links all of a user’s online accounts to their identity, leaving their management to be handled by their cell phone.

Thousands of mobile apps for children might be violating their privacy

24 Apr 2018 - 09:48 (Madrid Time) -- op-net-admin

Thousands of the most popular apps and games available, mostly free of charge, in the Google Play Store, make potentially illegal tracking of children's use habits, according to a large-scale international study co-authored by Narseo Vallina-Rodriguez, a researcher at the IMDEA Networks Institute in Madrid and ICSI, the International Computer Science Institute at the University of California, Berkeley (USA).

 

A research study analyzes the influence of algorithms on online publicity and advertising

19 Apr 2018 - 10:22 (Madrid Time) -- imdea-admin

When we look for information on the internet, buy online or use social networks we often see ads relating to our likes or profile. To what extent are these ads chosen by the web’s algorithms? A group of researchers are trying to answer this question under the name of «MyBubble», a science project from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) and IMDEA Networks Institute.

Privacy on the net: Children’s apps are a privacy risk for minors

19 Dec 2017 - 09:23 (Madrid Time) -- imdea-admin

Dr. Narseo Vallina-Rodríguez, from the Madrid research Institute IMDEA Networks and also affiliated to ICSI from Berkeley (USA), is interviewed for the evening edition of the Spanish news program ‘Telediario’ of the main Spanish public news channel RTVE, about his work on the questionable use that ‘apps’ make of our personal data.

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