Privacy comparison between paid and free apps

posted in #Mobile & Cloud on the 4.05.2023

The statistics report that 97% of the Android apps from the official store are free. Nevertheless, a few free apps have their counterpart in the form of apps that are available to purchase. The possibility of choosing between free or paid versions often assumes that paid apps offer better privacy protection.

In this project, we aim to evaluate the privacy features between free and paid apps. To do this, we create a dataset of top paid-free pairs. Then, we examine the privacy characteristic, such as permissions and data safety declaration. Lastly, based on our findings, we conclude to what extent the paid apps meet assumed privacy expectations.


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pdf Project Report 4 MB