IoT Assistant

IoT Assistant

By Carnegie Mellon University

  • Category: Utilities
  • Release Date: 2020-02-21
  • Current Version: 1.0.1
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 73.47 MB
  • Developer: Carnegie Mellon University
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
Score: 2
From 13 Ratings


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.



  • Total garbage

    By Lvtrkdrvr
    A total waste of a download. Does absolutely nothing but show a blank Google map no matter where I’m at in North America.
  • Doesn’t work

    By Dandbuilder
    I took this app into known surveillance areas and it doesn’t pick up anything. The concept is. This actual working app doesn’t.
  • Misleading app description

    By Pensacola DL
    Awesome concept but description and article I found app in fail to mention this is built on others putting in information of iot devices they may see or know for sure, so far the app does not simply scan or find iot devices on its own. App has a lot of potential. I’d remove the association between the major university and professor that “made” this app at least for now, reflects poorly on them.
  • I Don’t Get It

    By Paranoid developer
    On one hand, after creating an account, it pinpointing my location on the map, making sure all the filters are active, then scrolling around my area, state, the country, then world; I can report there appears to be no tracking of any kind on the planet. I feel so much better. Hello? Is this thing on?
  • "Privacy"

    By bland grape
    Great in theory but an absolute bust in practice. Any legitimate privacy app/service shouldn't require identifiable user or location data and, if not, shouldn't be touted as such. The sharing of "research data" should be "opt-in" at a minimum; if its functionality depends on this data then the entire project needs to go back to the drawing board. The fact that it is funded by the Department of Defense is already dubious enough on its own.
  • Misleading

    By VoIP User 99
    This app says it can discover IOT when in actuality it can only search manually registered IOT devices. It has not discovery capability whatsoever. Furthermore, what is to stop someone maliciously registering a camera IOT device and then registering it as a benign temperature sensor and placing it in a bathroom. Now people think it’s a benign sensor because of this app when it is actually recording them. False sense of security.
  • Great Concept. Needs Work

    By ProfessorGeex
    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.
  • A long ways to go

    By sry12001
    Despite the bright shining new announcement - has a ways to go So far - Impossible to do the required email verification. These guys should really try out their app before sending it to the store! Wait a few weeks and see.
  • Disappointed

    By ?z:;$34
    After the long and intense sign up process, I was very curious to see results. All I get is my location on a map. The previous reviewer said that everyone has to enter the information of devices...what is the point of this app then? There should be a user manual as well. When I first loaded the app, the map showed Nigeria...I grabbed a screenshot of this, now I am really shaking my head...
  • App is useless

    By Oettel75
    Does not detect any devices near me!