Thank you for choosing to take part in the test and evaluation of the Privacy Flag tools. This test is regarding the Privacy Flag IoT evaluation tool. The Privacy Flag IoT tool informs users about privacy risks that are imposed upon them by public IoT devices.

Note: this app currently only exists for Android.

We start with a short introduction to IoT and an overview of all parts of the 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.

To use the Privacy Flag IoT tool, tap on “IoT Networks” on the top right corner of the app's main screen.  

Android will prompt you about permissions to access your geo-location. If you grant access, a map enriched with public IoT devices in your current surrounding is loaded. If you reluctant about this permission, you can also manually adjust the current location.

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). A Gray icon represents an unevaluated device, hence more crowd inputs needed to determine its privacy status.

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

If a device is not on the map, you can simply add it by tapping on 'Add New IoT' on bottom of the screen.

Next, we would like to ask you to add to the map a few devices that you discovered in public spaces, and to evaluate them.
Thereafter, please answer a short questionnaire by clicking on 'Next' below.