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Envisioning tool support for designing privacy-aware internet of thing applications

Perera, Charith ORCID:, Barhamgi, Mahmoud and Vecchio, Massimo 2021. Envisioning tool support for designing privacy-aware internet of thing applications. IEEE Internet of Things Magazine 4 (1) , pp. 78-83. 10.1109/IOTM.0001.2000006

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The design and development process for Internet of Things (IoT) applications is more complicated than for desktop, mobile, or web applications. IoT applications require both software and hardware to work together across multiple different types of nodes (e.g., microcontrollers, system-on-chips, mobile phones, miniaturized single-board computers, and cloud platforms) with different capabilities under different conditions. IoT applications typically collect and analyze personal data that can be used to derive sensitive information about individuals. Without proper privacy protections in place, IoT applications could lead to serious privacy violations. Thus far, privacy concerns have not been explicitly considered in software engineering processes when designing and developing IoT applications, partly due to a lack of tools, technologies, and guidance. This article presents a research vision that argues the importance of developing a privacy-aware IoT application design tool to address the challenges mentioned above. This tool should not only transform IoT application designs into privacy-aware application designs, but also validate and verify them. First, we outline how this proposed tool should work in practice and its core functionalities. Then, we identify research challenges and potential directions for developing the proposed tool. We anticipate that this proposed tool will save many engineering hours which engineers would otherwise need to spend on developing privacy expertise and applying it. We also highlight the usefulness of this tool toward privacy education and privacy compliance.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
ISSN: 2576-3180
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 28 January 2023
Last Modified: 03 May 2023 07:08

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