The Internet of Things – those “smart” gadgets and devices that we are wearing and putting in our homes – will challenge your personal privacy and make life a great deal more risky. We’ve learned that few people think twice about their Internet privacy and security until they are attacked (digitally) or suffer a loss as a result of the intrusion. Here are three important requirements for improved security and privacy for Iot from a European report:
“User consent – somehow, the report says, users need to be able to give informed consent to data collection. Users, however, have limited time and technical knowledge.
Freedom of choice – both privacy protections and underlying standards should promote freedom of choice. For example, the study notes, users need a free choice of vendors in their smart homes; and they need the ability to revoke or revise their privacy choices.
Anonymity – IoT platforms pay scant attention to user anonymity when transmitting data, the researchers note. Future platforms could, for example, use TOR or similar technologies so that users can’t be too deeply profiled based on the behaviours of their “things”.”
Thanks to The Register