Protect My Privacy

Android App Privacy Protection

Technical Issues


Please report any app crashes or unexpected behavior using the Send Feedback feature in Settings.

Frequently Answered Questions



Question:
I have rooted my phone, installed xposed and activated the PMP module, but my list of protected applications is still not appearing in PMP. PMP does not seem to be working.
Answer:
Confirm that the PMP module is activated (the box next to PMP is checked) and restart your phone.

Question:
How do I get started using PMP?
Answer:
Run any app and if it requests your privacy data (Any of 32 types: Ranging from phone identifier and GPS Locations, to contact lists), an alert message will be displayed. From the scroll-down window or on the lists within PMP, choose whether you want to “Allow”, “Deny”, “Fake” or “Ask” the particular privacy data access by this particular app.

Question:

How do I change my protection settings?
Answer:
When the app is running, you can bring down the scroll-down notification center and change the settings from there. You can also change the settings in the PMP app.

Question:
How do you protect the information?
Answer:
Your unique identifier and location is replaced with a randomly generated one. The characters in the names, emails and phone numbers in your contact list are jumbled to look random. (If you select the ‘fake’ setting).

Question:
What information do you store?
Answer:
Glad you asked! Most importantly, any and all information we collect cannot be traced back to the user in any way. We do not collect any personally identiable information in any way. On your phone we store the app identifier, version and the protection decision made by you (this is PMP's functionality!), and also the total number of times protectable information is accessed. We send this to us along with a one-way hashed identifier, so we can use it to recommend automatic protection in a future version. As part of the research analytics, we also send ourselves the hashed identifier, the model, OS version and length of time the PMP app is used.

Question:
What do you do with the contributed data?
Answer:
We use the data to drive the recommendation system to recommend privacy settings to our users. We also use the data in our academic research which studies at topics such as which apps access private information, studying the privacy decisions of users and the effectiveness of our recommendation engine. The results of our research will be published at academic conferences.