Since May 2018 the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) calls for the adoption of lawful practices, in which explicit and informed user consent is mandatory, and privacy is to be set by design and default, opening the door to a new paradigm in which users are empowered with control over their data/information. However, from the technical perspective, this raises several concerns in several application domains. Examples of such concerns are: where does the data collected by smartphones and surrounding sensors go? For how long will it be stored in the applications cloud servers? With whom such data will it be shared? What kind and how much information can be inferred from user data? For what purposes? To address these questions, the objective of this project is straightforward: create a collaborative laboratory of researchers, students and professors between University of Coimbra - Portugal and Østfold University College – Norway to propose, develop and evaluate an innovative model to answer these new requirements of privacy. Specifically, we intend to propose a new disruptive paradigm based on a privacy agent and a data-sharing model in the IoT domain for the smartphone’s devices. Therefore, this project aims at tackling several of those open issues, such as application monitoring, retrieval of (and information on) privacy policies, consent management, fine-grained user permission control, inference of privacy preferences using contextual data, and user notifications. In this proposal we also plan to apply and evaluate our model to a real-world environment.
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