In 2014 we identified Inmobi as a company abusing the Android very permissive ACCESS_WIFI_STATE in order to geolocalize users without their knowledge nor permission. June 2016's FTC settlement against Inmobi confirmed our discovery. Yes, our work in Mobilitics/CAPPRIS triggered this settlement.
Last but not least, soon after this settlement, Google finally decided to protect this feature with a geolocation explicit permission... whereas they were aware of this possibility since the beginning.
Learn more about this and other tools that help build a better Internet in Jagdish Achara's PhD thesis (in English) that I co-supervised.
New communication on the output of the Mobilitics project: I gave an interview in the radio program "Les Nouvelles Vagues" from Marie Richeux, France Culture. With Interstice, we also published a podcast on the same topic one month before.
For more information and access to the full record of the interview:
France Culture podcast (59', in French)
Interstice podcast (13', in French)
On the recent invalidation by the European Court of Justice of the "Safe Harbor" program that used to enabled several US companies to collect our personal data: Invalidation du "Safe Harbor" par la Cour de Justice de l'Union européenne : une décision clé pour la protection des données (in French)
Picture is (c) Copyright 2015 France Culture
On December 15th, a joint Inria - CNIL (the French data protection agency) press conference was held at CNIL premises to introduce the latest results of the Mobilitics project that focuses on privacy and smartphones. This press conference, focusing on Android, follows that of April 2013 that was limited to iOS.
For more information:
Mobilitics, saison 2 : nouvelle plongée dans l'univers des smartphones et de leurs applications" (in French)
Lettre IP8 : Mobilitics, saison 2 : Les smartphones et leurs apps sous le microscope de la CNIL et d'Inria (in French)
Wifileaks: Underestimated Privacy Implications of the ACCESS_WIFI_STATE Android Permission (in English)
Picture is (c) Copyright 2014 01Business
I have been awarded the Third Applied Research price of the FIEEC (Fédération des Industries Electriques, Electroniques et Communication" on October 8th, 2014, for my transfer activities to the Expway French SME.
For more information, see the FIEEC page.
Right picture is (c) Copyright 2014, FIEEC, credits: L. Benevello
My Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (HDR) public defense took place on Thursday June 19th, 2014, in the Inria Rhône-Alpes premises, Montbonnot.
``Codes AL-FEC et protocoles de diffusion robuste de contenus : composants pour des services performants et passant à l'échelle''
``AL-FEC codes and robust content distribution protocols: components for high performance and scalable services''
http://hal.inria.fr/tel-00925955/en/ (in French)
Ce document discute de la fourniture de services de diffusion où des contenus de toute nature doivent être transmis
efficacement à un ensemble de récepteurs. Plusieurs problèmes se posent :
This work focuses on the provision of broadcast services where contents of any kinds must be transmitted in an efficient manner
to a set of receivers. Several problems arise:
Above is a copy of the email announcing the final vote results (NB: "6330" refers to the IETF RFC6330 specifying RaptorQ(tm) codes from Qualcom, Inc. and "Supercharged" refers to the Supercharged codes proposed by Broadcom). With (Expway) and our colleagues from ISAE, we proposed to use Reed-Solomon (RFC5510) + LDPC-Staircase (RFC5170) codes as a replacement to the old Raptor(tm) codes. The competition lasted more than one year. As explained in the above email, the difference is not sufficient for our proposal to be included in the future 3GPP eMBMS standard. However this remains a great achievement and in any case it was proven that our Reed-Solomon + LDPC-Staircase proposal performs better than the old Raptor(tm) codes of the previous 3GPP standards, for all the use-cases considered and representative of the use of AL-FEC codes in 3GPP MBMS technologies.
For more information see: