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Data Privacy Playbook For Wearables And IoT
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User Rank: Ninja
6/8/2015 | 1:44:18 PM
I'm not even sure informed decisions are enough to help consumers protect their privacy. Most people don't have the element of control to be able to make those decisions. That's because many privacy options are not easy for people to configure. I think if they were, there would be a good number of the privacy-concerned making those settings changes. 
User Rank: Ninja
6/8/2015 | 3:20:45 PM
Re: Decisions
I think it is also is because a lot of users inherently trust the manufacturers, and assume that the only data being collected will be used for specific app-related tasks.  When it comes to privacy, many users are simply overwhelmed trying to understand all the implications, so often it's just easier to click "accept" than to really question the implications or try to understand if there are any opt-out opportunities for certain data types. 

It's only going to get worse, and sadly I don't think education is really going to help since many folks simply don't want to know, or don't care enough until there is a breach that affects them directly or unless told by a friend/trusted advisor that "yeah, you should really reconsider using this because of the privacy implications".
User Rank: Ninja
6/10/2015 | 1:51:43 PM
Re: Decisions
At the end of the day, all of this depends on a manufacturer actually doing what they say they'll do in regards to the data that's available. Like it or not, the data is available from these devices. There is nothing technical available to stop data from being used. We have to put some level of trust in the manufacturers, vendors, and whoever else has access to the data. There are legal recourse options, but that takes time to work through the courts and with regulatory agencies.

As always, privacy is a "buyer beware" proposition. Consumers have to know what is being shared so they can make an informed decision about whether to participate and about whether the vendor can be trusted.

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