IFTTT Privacy Checker

Federica Paci, Davide Bianchin, Elisa Quintarelli, Nicola Zannone

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IFTTT is a platform that allows users to create applets for connecting smart devices to online services, or to compose online services, in order to provide customized functionalities in Internet of Things scenarios. Despite their flexibility and ease-of-use, IFTTT applets may create privacy risks for users, who might unknowingly share sensitive information with a wider audience than intended. In this paper, we focus on privacy issues related to the sharing of pictures through IFTTT applets. We propose a framework to detect when IFTTT applets violate user’s privacy, both at design-time and run-time, based on the visibility and sensitivity of shared data. We have realized two prototypes implementing the framework, a browser plugin to detect design-time privacy violations and an online service to detect run-time privacy violations. We evaluate the online service using an IFTTT applet for posting to Twitter new pictures uploaded in Google Drive.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmerging Technologies for Authorization and Authentication - Third International Workshop, ETAA 2020, Proceedings
EditorsAndrea Saracino, Paolo Mori
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9783030644543
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event3rd International Workshop on Emerging Technologies for Authorization and Authentication, ETAA 2020 - Surrey, United Kingdom
Duration: 14 Sept 202018 Sept 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12515 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference3rd International Workshop on Emerging Technologies for Authorization and Authentication, ETAA 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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