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DTL supports different tools intended to shed light on how personal data is used by websites and applications.


AntMonitor is a system for increasing transparency on mobile device communications. Our tool intercepts and inspects all network traffic coming in and out of a mobile device. AntMonitor is open source and is available as a stand-alone app that detects exposure of personally identifiable information (PII) over the network; and as an SDK that other researchers can use to inspect mobile network traffic. The main features of AntMonitor are as follows:

  • Can intercept each outgoing packet, inspect it in real-time, and/or log and process it offline
  • Can detect exposure of PII in real-time (less than 1ms) using deep packet inspection
  • Can visualize active connections from mobile apps to remote servers
  • Runs in user-space, without requiring root or routing packets through a proxy server
  • Has negligible impact on battery usage, network throughput, and latency overhead

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As in the browser context, mobile app developers use third-party services to add features to their apps such as analytics, user tracking, ad delivery and social network integration. While these services are valuable to app developers, they may also collect and share personal information about users without any user awareness or consent.

Lumen analyzes your app’s traffic and allows you to stay on control over your app’s communication patterns. Lumen reveals how your mobile apps communicate with tracking services and how they collect sensitive personal information about you. Lumen does not require root permissions and works even on encrypted traffic for most Android versions. In the new version, you can also have a direct access to block undesired flows for a given app and also to configure app permissions to better stay in control over who has access to your personal data.

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The goal of AdAnalyst is to increase transparency in the Facebook advertising ecosystem, raise awareness and help users detect dishonest and deceiving advertising behaviours.

AdAnalyst is a browser extension that collects in an anonymous way the ads users receive on Facebook and provides them with aggregate statistics about: what data Facebook has inferred about users over time; what advertisers are targeting them and why; and what are the properties of the other users that received the same ads.

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Floodwatch is a Chrome extension that can be downloaded from Chrome Store . This extension tracks the ads you see as you browse the Internet and helps you understand both the volume and the types of ads you’re being served during the course of normal browsing. The goal is increasing awareness of how advertisers track your browsing behavior, build their version of your online identity, and target their ads to you as an individual.

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$heriff is an experimental service that allows users to search for traces of price discrimination in the Internet. It let users knows whether e-retailers vary their prices dynamically based on the information that they can collect online for the potential customer (such as her location, browser/OS, incoming link, navigation history, etc.). $heriff can be installed from Firefox Add-on Store and Chrome Store. We want to thank PlanetLab Europe for hosting $heriff.

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Facebook Data Valuation Tool (FDVT)

Facebook Data Valuation Tool is a browser plugin that allows users to understand how much money Facebook makes thanks to their online activity. The plugin monitors the ads you are been displayed and the ads in which you click in, and based on Facebook information it estimates the amount of money Facebook makes thanks to them. If you are using Chrome, you can already a version from the Chrome Store . This tool has been developed by Carlos III University, which was awarded with one of the 2015 DTL Grants.

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Princeton Web Privacy Census

This tool provides information about the measurements performed on 1 million web sites. The measurements were focused on identifying the tracking techniques used by those websites, both stateful (cookie-based) and stateless (fingerprinting-based). The tool can be used to check which tracking techniques are used by a given website or to check how widely used a given tracking technology is. This tool has been developed by Princeton University, which was awarded with one of the 2015 DTL Grants.

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This tool shows users what information is being sent by mobile applications to third parties, including understanding how companies are tracking their movements in their day-to-day life. ReCon detects device/user identifiers used in tracking, geolocation leaks, unsafe password transmissions, and personal information such as name, address, gender, and relationship status. This information is available to users via a private Web page, and ReCon allows them to provide feedback on whether important leaks have been found, and whether the leak should be blocked or the information sent modified.

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ReCon Visualization

This tool, developed by the Data Transparency Lab, shows the information gathered by ReCon Project in a way that let users understand what is going on with the applications they use in their smartphones. For instance, it lets users identify the Applications that leak the most Personal Information and the domains that aggregate more Personal Information from users. You can use this tool directly at the DTl website.

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