Towards Understanding the Influence of Personality on Mobile App Permission Settings

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10516)


In this paper we investigate the question whether users’ personalities are good predictors for privacy-related permissions they would grant to apps installed on their mobile devices. We report on results of a large online study (n = 100) which reveals a significant correlation between the user’s personality according to the big five personality scores, or the IUIPC questionnaire, and the app permission settings they have chosen. We used machine learning techniques to predict user privacy settings based on their personalities and consequently introduce a novel strategy that simplifies the process of granting permissions to apps.


Usable privacy Mobile privacy App privacy Machine learning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.DFKI, Saarland Informatics CampusSaarbrückenGermany

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