This app will inform you of IoT devices collecting your data

A new app built by a team of scientists at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) informs users of the Internet of Things (IoT) devices around them and the kinds of data those devices are collecting.

In the online world, outlets are now required to make it clear about the data they collect from users, how they use it and how long they keep it.

Thanks to the proliferation of IoT devices now, there is a new layer in our physical world where multiple points track our movement and behavior. And at this point, there is no easy way for users to obtain information about their data in the real world.

The new app, called IoT Assistant (also on Android), intends to address this.

“Because of new laws like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), people need to be informed about what data is collected about them, and they need to be given some choices over these processes,” said Prof. Norman Sadeh, a CMU faculty member.

In addition to informing users what kind of IoT devices there are in the vicinity, the app also offers a way to manage their privacy settings and opt out of certain devices if such a feature is available.

The team also built a supporting infrastructure allowing IoT device owners to publish information about their devices in a special registry. Shopping centers, universities and all kinds of public spaces can use the cloud-based portal to register and discover different IoT resources, the team says.

Check out the app in action here