IoT Assistant 4+

Internet of Things Assistant

Carnegie Mellon University

Designed for iPad

    • 3.8 • 14 Ratings
    • Free



Discover and control what data is collected about you by Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. The IoT is everywhere. It consists of a myriad of devices and technologies that collect data about us - from cameras with facial recognition, to smart speakers that record what we say, or sensors that track our whereabouts. The IoT Assistant app helps you discover what data is being collected about you and how it is used. This includes who is collecting it, who it is shared with, and whether there are any privacy controls. New privacy regulations around the world require people who deploy IoT technologies to disclose their data collection and use practices and to also give us some control over these practices such as opting in or out of them. The IoT Assistant app provides users with a single interface through which they can discover IoT data collection around them and access available privacy controls. The IoT Assistant app also allows you to receive customized notifications about data collection and use practices you want to be notified about and control the frequency of these notifications.

An IoT portal associated with the app ( is available to also publicize the presence of IoT technologies collecting our data, whether you are the administrator controlling that technology or a volunteer contributor. Once you have defined an entry for an IoT technology through our portal, IoT assistant app users can discover this IoT technology and its data collection and use practices.

We care about your privacy. You can find our privacy policy here:

What’s New

Version 1.2.16

Minor bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Haebyong ,

Requires Input by all to work

The app seems to work well, but will only work if individuals input IoT devices into the system. To enter devices you must go to their website and provide information about the device to be saved in their database that is then displayed on the app. For their experiment to work people and organizations need to devote time to enter IoT device(s) information.

Ace Consumer ,

Love the new design!

Seems like the devs worked out the bugs from previous versions of the app. Seems extremely buttery now.

jd2020 ,

Interesting idea, poor data

This is a very interesting idea and I had high hopes for it. However its data is extremely limited. Many times I have walked around Washington DC metro area and found surveillance cameras which this app has no idea about. The information seems quite dated and very limited.

Developer Response ,

We're glad you like the app. Our IoT portal ( currently hosts around 150,000 IoT resource descriptions, including tens of thousands of cameras. It's important to understand that this information is crowdsourced. As more volunteers set up accounts on our portal and enter more IoT resource descriptions, you will be able to discover more resources. Today already, if you are in a city, you will often find dozens of nearby IoT resource descriptions.

App Privacy

The developer, Carnegie Mellon University, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Identifiers

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Location

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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