New laws like GDPR, CCPA, and LGPD, are providing citizens and consumers with data access, modification and deletion rights, as well as the choice to consent to cookies and to consent the selling of their personal information. Companies collect, process, and manage personal information, but individuals do not have a way to manage their new privacy rights.
Many people do not know where to find the browser settings to change there cookie preferences. We made an application to make this both more efficient and accessible.
What it does
The T-Mobile Cookie Monster (T-CoMo) will help users take control of their personal information by informing them of the cookies tracking their personal data across the Internet. T-CoMo is a web browser extension application that picks up the cookies on a website when the user is browsing and showcases what types and how many cookies are currently being allowed in an analytics dashboard.
Our application presents cookie information to the user and raises awareness of the cookies tracking them and also allows the user to directly delete cookies in an efficient manner. It takes a proactive approach to security instead of a reactive one. The application aims inform users and empower them to exercise their privacy rights by informing of cookies.
One of thee biggest issues in cybersecurity is the lack of awareness, T-CoMo increases awareness while allowing the user to take control of their personal information.
The user dashboard is to let the user know what the different types of cookies available and how all the cookies are distributed.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
One major challenge we ran into is actually connecting the scanning aspect of the cookies to the dashboard.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are extremely proud that we were able to put together such a huge project in such a limited amount of time with an idea that is unique on its own. Other cookie scanners are different from ours because ours can scan the page real-time and automatically generate a personalized report for the user, rather than the other ones which just scan websites based on the URL inputted by the user.
What we learned
We learned a lot about cookies, no joke. For example, we learned about the different types of cookies that can track a person's personal information as well as the fact that some cookies are absolutely necessary and cannot be deleted. Furthermore, we learned how browser extensions are created and how they work in terms of the code.
What's next for T-CoMo
In terms of the functionality itself, we want to add more features for the user, such as the ability to remove cookies that they do not want tracking them. We hope to expand T-CoMo beyond a browser extension and eventually into an mobile application that can scan the device's state of security.