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Business - Interdisciplinary
Mobile apps create a space for users to share information with other users and, in doing so, the creators of the applications. Generally, the greater amount of sharing information that occurs between users and creators enhances the experience of the apps for both parties. However, the extent to which mobile apps use this information can cause concerns with users about privacy due to the unknown practices of mobile apps relevant to data collection, data sharing, and data storage.
Documents, such as privacy policies, exist in attempts to moderate these concerns. Additionally, mobile apps offer in-app features for the same reasons. Previous work does not develop a connection between policy language and in-app features, called control mechanisms, to address these interests of privacy; and if policy language or control mechanisms address these interests more than the other. This study considers four mobile apps, all categorized as social networking apps, to evaluate how policy language and control mechanisms meet users’ privacy concerns, and which favors control on behalf of the user or the creator.
Griffith, Abbigail, "Permissions between Creators and Users: An Investigation of Particulars in Privacy Policies for Mobile Apps" (2017). Honors Theses. 2867.
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