About IOTics

IOTics is a research project supported by the French ANR agency (ANR 2016 DAPCODS/IOTics, ANR-16-CE25-0015).


  • Inria, PRIVATICS (leader) and DIANA teams
  • EURECOM, Digital Security department embedded systems security
  • Université Paris-Sud, RITM innovation economics and Int. economics
  • CNIL, Laboratoire Innovation et Prospective (LINC)


Contact : vincent.roca@inria.fr


Thanks to the exponential growth of the Internet, citizens became more and more exposed to personal information leakage in their digital lives. This trend begun 20 years ago with the develpment of Internet. The advent of smartphones, our personal assistant always connected and equipped with many sensors, further reinforced the tendency. Today the craze for quantified-self wearable devices, smart home appliances and more generally connected devices, enable the collection of personal information – sometimes very sensitive – in domains that were so far out of reach. However, little is known about the actual practices in terms of security, confidentiality, or data exchanges. The end-user as well as the regulator are therefore prisoner of a highly asymmetric system.

The IOTics project gathers four research teams working on security, privacy and digital economy, plus the CNIL, the French data protection agency. It focusses on connected devices and follows three directions: the analysis of the internal behavior in terms of personal information leakage of a set of connected devices; the analysis of the privacy policies provided (or not) by the device manufacturers; and the analysis of the underlying ecosystem. By giving transparent information of hidden behaviors, by highlighting good and bad practices, the IOTics project aims at reducing information asymmetry, at giving back control to the end-users and hopefully encouraging stakeholders to change practices.

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