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Privacy and the Internet of Things

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Emerging frameworks for policy and design

SUMMARY

This report details diverse options to protect consumer privacy as network-connected devices or the Internet of Things (IoT) proliferate public and private spaces.

Network-connected devices or the Internet of Things (IoT) has the capacity for greater connection between machines, devices, and consumers. Despite the benefits of IoT, there are many risks, especially to user-privacy.

Network-connected devices or the Internet of Things (IoT) are changing the nature of privacy. Internet devices silently transmit, analyze and collect human activities and behaviors. As a consequence, users lose the ability to monitor and control their data and are unaware of how their data is used. This report provides a summary of key privacy issues resulting from the expansion of the IoT.

Many privacy frameworks have emerged for responding to IoT privacy issues. Some of the frameworks focus on when information is collected and how data is shared. Other policies focus on appropriate privacy notifications.

For masses to understand this new technological landscape and its effect on privacy, non-technical conversations about the IoT is essential. Before ubiquitous network connected spaces, regulators and designers must collaborate to build usable privacy into the products they create. For example, Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect 2018, will affect IoT devices created and sold the EU. Eventually, the GDPR will impact the creation and use of IoT devices in the US.

This report outlines privacy measures that address the privacy risks inherent in IoT. These measures are necessary for maintaining the value of privacy as a fundamental right.

OUTLINE

Executive Summary

Acknowledgments

IoT 101

Key Privacy Risks and Challenges    

Regulatory Issues 

Emerging Frameworks and Strategies

Summary

Conclusion

Endnotes

About the Authors

DETAILS

Overview

Researchfinder Rating
4 out of 5 stars
Title
Privacy and the Internet of Things
Sub-Title
Emerging frameworks for policy and design
Region
Global
Published
June 30, 2018
Publisher
University of Berkeley
Author(s)
Gilad Rosner, Erin Kenneally
Price
FREE
Language
ENGLISH

Content

Number of Pages
28
Number of Tables
0
Number of Exhibits
0
Topics
iot, security
Tags
amazon, authentification, cyber security, google, iot, network security, privacy, regulation, university of berkeley
Companies mentioned
Google, Amazon
Author(s)
Gilad Rosner, Erin Kenneally
Methodology
The information in this paper was developed through two workshops, seventeen semi-structured interviews, and a literature review.
EVALUATION

This report provides broad privacy frameworks for designers and regulators.

Although the Internet of Things serves many positive purposes, there are many risks to user privacy. Designers and regulators need to adhere to the information in this report.  The findings will have a significant impact on the use of data and privacy. As a basic right, privacy must be maintained—especially while the Internet proliferates within various spaces.

Positives

  • Frameworks respond to risks
  • Attractive and well-designed
  • In-depth research

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