Android User Study

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Are you using an Android device (version 6 or 7 users only)?

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Information Sheet for participants

Studying Users’ Adoption of the Android’s New Security Model (Runtime Permission Model)

This study has been approved by the UWE Research Ethics Committee (Project ID Number): FET.17.03.027

We would like to invite you to participate in this research project.

Details of Study:

We are undertaking a research study that examines Android users’ adoption of the new Runtime Permission model, which was presented recently when the Android Marshmallow Operating System (OS) was introduced. We aim to examine how users interact with the apps they download (and install at their devices) and what type of permissions they grant to these apps. To this end we are seeking participants that will download and install at their devices (from the official Google Play Store) an app we developed, that will serve our research as a survey instrument. These participants must have a mobile device that runs the sixth or seventh version of the Android operating system (Android Marshmallow or Nougat). It would not be possible to install our app and participate to our survey otherwise. After agreeing to take part to our research, the participants must download and install the app to their mobile devices. After installing the app to your device, you (as a participant) must agree to the terms of this research project. You will read the terms of participation when you run the app and at the Description on Google Play. In order to proceed you must click on the check box that will appear at the introductory screen. Then the app will instantly gather relevant information from the device regarding the permissions that were granted to each app. Please note that this information will be anonymous. We will not store names, telephone numbers or any other personal and sensitive information. However, you should be aware that our app will get the names of the apps you are using. For example, if the Youtube app is installed on the device, our app will store this information using the name of the package that is installed in the device, which in this case will be “com.google.android.youtube”. Then you will provide demographic details (Gender, Age, Residence Area) and answer some generic questions.

Finally, you will be asked to click a button (“NEXT”) in order to upload your answers on our server. Then, you will be asked to exit the app by clicking a button. The whole procedure will not take more that a couple of minutes. There is no reason to run the app again after you uploaded your anonymous responses. However, you will be informed that the app will request your participation again in the near future. You can uninstall the app anytime you want. Also you can stop using the app anytime you want. The app must be used once and in order to participate your device must be connected to the Internet.

The anonymous collected information and your answers will be sent to our servers where will be held for analysis for a maximum period of one year. As participation is anonymous it will not be possible for us to withdraw your data once you have uploaded your responses (after you clicked the “NEXT” button). You can review the data your device provided using its Settings app (app permissions).

To participate to this study, you must meet the following requirements.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • You must have a device running the Android Marshmallow or Nougat Operating System.
  • Your device must be connected to the Internet.
  • You are happy to provide us anonymous information related to app permissions on your device.
  • You are over 18 years old.

Please discuss the information above with others if you wish or ask us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. You can send us an email to the address stated at www.andrio.eu (see “Android Study” link).

It is up to you to decide whether to take part or not; choosing not to take part will not disadvantage you in any way. If you do decide to take part you are still free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason.

External Collaborator: Dr Gianluca Stringhini (Senior Lecturer, University College London)

All data will be collected and stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Thank you for reading this information sheet and for considering take part in this research.


Informed Consent Form

Before you agree to take part, please read the Information Sheet associated with this study in order to understand how you will participate and what you have to do. It is provided in the Description page of the app on Google Play and at www.andrio.eu (follow the “Android Study” link).

If you have any questions arising from the Information Sheet, please ask the researcher who organises this study before you decide whether to join in. You can contact him by email, which is provided on Google Play. This is where you downloaded the app. In addition, you can find alternative email addresses at the following website: www.andrio.eu.

You can find a copy of this Consent Form and the Information Sheet on Google Play (see “Privacy Policy”) and at www.andrio.eu to keep and refer to at any time. Also this information is provided when you launch the app. In order to proceed, you need to read them and agree with the Participant’s Statement.

Your anonymous data (i.e., demographics, answers to the 2 questions and permission preferences) will be kept in our UWE secure server for analysis until the end of this project (31st August 2018). We will not keep any record of your email address (if you decide to participate in the prize draw) after the end of this project. Your anonymous data will be utilised to see which permissions the users are more willing to grant to various apps. Your anonymous data will be made available to other interested researchers through the UWE Research Repository after the 1st September 2018.

Participant’s Statement:

I (the participant):

  • have read the notes written above and the Information Sheet, and understand what the study involves.
  • understand that if I decide at any time that I no longer wish to take part in this project, I can withdraw immediately deleting the app from my device.
  • consent to the processing of my anonymous personal information for the purposes of this research study.
  • understand that such information will be treated as strictly confidential and handled in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998.
  • agree that the research project named above has been explained to me to my satisfaction and I agree to take part in this study.
  • understand that if I agree to use the provided app, I provide my consent to participate to this study. This particular moment (date) will be logged in the data I will provide. Given that I will provide anonymous data, the action of sending my responses substitutes my signature.
  • agree that my data, after it has been fully anonymised, can be shared with other researchers.

Prize Draw Information

The prize Draw will take place during July 2018.
The winner(s) will get Amazon vouchers (£200 in total).
There will be up to 4 lucky participants.
The winners will be notified via email at the email address they will provide.
They must answer and accept their prices within a period of 1 week.