Discover and control what data is collected about you by Internet of Things technologies (or “resources”). The Internet of Things (or “IoT”) is everywhere. It consists of a myriad of devices and technologies that collect data about us - from cameras with facial recognition and other AI algorithms, to smart speakers that record what we say, or sensors that track our mobile phones to name just a few. The IoT Assistant app helps you discover and control what data is being collected by IoT resources around you - who is collecting it, who it is shared with, and for how long it is retained. New privacy regulations in the US and Europe require people who deploy IoT resources 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 resources around them and access privacy options made available to them by these resources.

If you would like to publicize the presence of one or more IoT resources in a particular area, visit our IoT Portal at to help IoT Assistant app users discover these IoT resources.

What’s New

Version 1.0.1

This version of the IoT Assistant app offers a new map-based interface for you to discover and control IoT data collected about you.

Ratings and Reviews

1.8 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

ProfessorGeex ,

Great Concept. Needs Work

Pros: Easily the best way to make people more aware of how IoT devices impact their privacy. Brilliant idea.

Cons: Almost everything else. The signup process is inefficient. The interface is intuitive enough, but scrolling/opening menus/general interaction is noticeably choppy. The experience reminded me of a 8yo BlackBerry Z10 I got last year for free.

Whines: Sparse data so far. Expecting that to improve as adoption goes up.

System: 64GB iPhone SE. Fully updated, good WiFi connection.

miss_hazelnut ,

Nice app and concept!

I couldn't see anything near me but after I zoomed out, I found a few things in Pittsburgh, including a ShotSpotter! I REALLY like the idea of having some control of my privacy and I hope there can be more locations available. BTW I was able to get the verification email in my gmail without an issue

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.


Carnegie Mellon University
77 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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