2012–13 Project Summaries: Consumers Council of Canada

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Consumer Impact of Emerging Cyber Threats on Mobile Devices

Mobile devices are essentially personal devices. Consequently, cyber threats can have strong personal impact. Due to the sensitive and valuable data held on and transmitted by such devices, the consumer impact — largely undetermined — resulting from cyber threats on consumer mobile devices could be significant, particularly in e-commerce.

Expected results

The focal point of this research is on consumers, and the impact and risks emerging from the confusing and increasingly treacherous world of cyber threats on or through mobile devices. Highlighting the impact of these threats to Canadians will provide consumers, consumer groups, platform and application developers, as well as regulatory authorities with information to mitigate the negative impacts and awareness gaps.