Internet Of Things: Current Privacy Policies Don't Work - InformationWeek
Internet Of Things: Current Privacy Policies Don't Work
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
User Rank: Moderator
6/30/2014 | 11:52:07 PM
Intenet of things
I think it is a tall order and really wonder how this can be achieved. It looks good in theory but how to get it to work is a big question in my mind. With so many apps out there where do we stop to protect privacy.
Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn,
User Rank: Author
6/30/2014 | 5:57:39 PM
Re: Pay attention to the possible consequences instead of always focusing on the positive.
Well said. The IoT looks a lot more appealing with the data owner is the only one with access to the data. 
User Rank: Ninja
6/30/2014 | 1:16:33 PM
Pay attention to the possible consequences instead of always focusing on the positive.
IoT is great when it is ONLY YOUR data and devices being monitored and can usher in a new era of detailed information. See John Deere and CSX.

However, for every plus, you have to deal with the minuses.  For example:

" Consider establishing frameworks for different types of connected devices. For example, common terms-of-use for any devices tied to smart grids that track electricity and water usage might be used to reward individuals for conservation and assist in determining utility pricing."

Tthis sounds great until you realize that it can also be used to PUNISH anyone who doesn't comply with some arbitrary measurement of "conservation" or even worse, a government definition (see "healthy" as defined by the US Govt - a 5'10" male should be 145lbs. That is just sickly!)

Ironically, most of the purported benefits of IoT go away when you anonymize the info for privacy purposes.

We should always strive to innovate and find better ways of doing things - but not when the solution causes or creates more issues than the original problem.
User Rank: Author
6/30/2014 | 1:16:07 PM
IoT Data correction
"Provide users reasonable access to their personally identifiable information, and give them the ability to change or correct it." I agree with this goal, but scratch my head at how hard this will be to achieve.

There is little incentive for Whirlpool to create an "appliance data clearinghouse," right?

How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
2017 State of the Cloud Report
As the use of public cloud becomes a given, IT leaders must navigate the transition and advocate for management tools or architectures that allow them to realize the benefits they seek. Download this report to explore the issues and how to best leverage the cloud moving forward.
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on for the week of November 6, 2016. We'll be talking with the editors and correspondents who brought you the top stories of the week to get the "story behind the story."
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll