Privacy on Smart-Spaces

What is the Smart-Spaces' application

Smart-Spaces is a research application built and operated by researchers from Tel Aviv University. Its objective of the application is to study human behavior by using automated tracking and online surveys. When the application is running, it will periodically transmit this recorded data to our servers, where it will be available to our research team.

What information is collected?

This application will record the following information:
  • Which applications are used on your smartphone.
  • Your current location at roughly 5 minute intervals.
  • Your answers to online surveys.
  • Data about power consumption.
  • Data about signal strengths of cell towers.

How is the information used?

This information will only be used for the purpose of this particular research project only. Smart-Spaces does not record identifying information (such as email or name) or activities inside of an application (e.g. what web pages you go to). information gathered by the application may be used by Tel Aviv University researchers and published and/or disclosed by Tel Aviv Unviersity to others outside of Tel Aviv University. However, your name, address, contact information and other direct personal identifiers in your consent form will not be mentioned in any such publication or dissemination of the research data and/or results by Tel Aviv University.

The researchers will take the following steps to protect users' identities while using the application: (1) Each participant will be assigned a number; (2) The researchers will record any data collected during the usage by number, not by name; (3) Any original recordings or data files will be stored in a secured location accessed only by authorized researchers.

How to terminate smart-spaces?

If you would like to prevent your mobile phone's future locations from being transmitted at any given time, you can stop the service from running from settings screen. Note that the service restarts tracking when the phone restarts. If you want to stop using the application completely, you can also uninstall our application at any time. This research will take place wherever you use your mobile phone.

Further Questions

If you have any questions about this application, please contact us.