The ElectroSmart application periodically collects the following information:
We do not collect any personal information such as device unique identifiers, user name, or any user generated content such as contacts, photos, SMS, etc.
As a research project, we will collect, store, process and analyze your data to improve the accuracy of your exposition report. We will publish our findings online and in academic publications. However, keep in mind that we do not collect any personal information and that all published information is aggregated.
You will never find a project or a company claiming that they don't care about your privacy. They all write that they take your privacy very seriously and work hard to protect it. We all know this is not true, and most of us accept it. So you might wonder why this project would be more careful about your privacy. There are three main reasons.
First, to understand why we care about your privacy, you need to understand who we are and what we did before working on this project. The leader of this project, Arnaud Legout, was the leader of the Bluebear project in which we identified privacy issues in widely popular systems such at Skype, BitTorrent, and Tor; we went to press to publicize these issues in order to inform the public. Arnaud Legout is also part of the Meddle project on improving transparency and user control on smartphones. We believe that transparency must be at the core of a privacy preserving policy. Second, we are not collecting sensitive data. Indeed, the best way to protect your privacy is to do not collect sensitive data. Last, we are located in France and all data are stored in an Inria datacenter in France. France is among the most privacy preserving country in the world and has a specific commission, the CNIL, that must validate that any digitally stored information does not infringe the French law on data protection and privacy. This is the reason why all big internet companies never store their data in France (but usually prefer Ireland) for European clients. The ElectroSmart project has been validated by the CNIL and by the Inria Ethical Committee called COERLE.