Privacy and Security Perceptions of Zero-Rated Applications Study

  • Do you have a personal smartphone?
  • Do you use any zero-rated (data charge free) apps?
  • Are you over 18?
  • Do you live and work/study in South Africa?

If so, we would greatly appreciate your help! With your feedback, we can work towards improving security and privacy for users of zero-rated apps like yourself.

Zero-rated (data charge free) applications include:

  • Cell C: Free Basics (Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger, Bing, Wikipedia)
  • Telkom: LIT (music and video streaming)
  • MTN: Front Row, VU, Wikipedia Zero, or Music+
  • Airtel: Free access to Twitter

What is the study about?

We are seeking information about security and privacy concerns of users of zero-rated apps. Our goal is to improve the design of these apps and make them more secure.

What do I have to do to participate?

  • You must complete an interview, with your choice of in person at the University of Cape Town or over Skype. This interview should take between 30 minutes to 1 hour.

I’d like to participate. How can I sign up?

  • To participate in the interview, fill out our contact form and we will be in contact to arrange a time to speak with you.

What do I get out of it?

  • After you complete the interview, you will receive a R150 voucher for mobile data.
  • Your feedback will help us improve zero-rated apps for users like yourself!

Research Team

Ben Cohen, B.A. Computer Science, Princeton University

Marshini Chetty, Princeton University

Melissa Densmore, University of Cape Town