Thanks for choosing to take part in the test and evaluation of the Privacy Flag tools. This test is regarding Privacy Flag IoT evaluation tool. The Privacy Flag IoT tool allows users to obtain information on potential privacy risks within IoT devices installed within public spaces.

Note: this app currently does not work in iOS and Windows smartphones.


Here, we will give you an overview of different parts of the Privacy Flag IoT tool. But first, what is an IoT device?

An IoT (Internet of Things) device is any nonstandard computing device that connects wirelessly to a network and has the ability to transmit data. Examples are security cameras connected to Internet, sound sensors in the cities, smart fridges, smart washing machines, smart light bulbs and door locks. To know more about IoT devices, read here.


In order to start with the Privacy Flag IoT tool, you can tap on “IoT Networks” within the top right corner of the main screen of the app.



You will be prompted about an Android permission for allowing access to your location. If you grant access to geo-location, then the map of current location is loaded with IoT devices in the surroundings, otherwise you need to move to current location manually.

The IoT devices in the map are considered privacy friendly or not based on the analysis conducted by the crowd. Only devices that are available in public spaces such as cameras and sensors are shown in the app.

The color of location icons in the map shows the IoT devices that are privacy friendly (green) or not privacy friendly (red). Gray icons means that the device is unevaluated or that we need more input from crowd to determine its privacy status.


When you select a device, you see more detail about it like location and name.

Can't find an IoT in the map? Simply add it by tapping on 'Add New IoT' in bottom of the screen.


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Next, we will like that next time you are in city center to add a few devices to the map and make a evaluation of them.
when you have done this, please answer a short questionnaire by clicking on 'Next' below.

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