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August 22, 2014

What kind of IoT personal data is at risk?

Manufacturers need to do more to keep people informed.

By Cbr Rolling Blog

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office has put together a comprehensive overview of the types of data the Internet of Things (IoT)are likely to process about us – as well as the benefits and security concerns they could pose to us.

Internet of Things Infographic

The article explains how if a hacker can get around your router’s security settings, for instance, then all of the smart devices in your house are vulnerable.

"However remote, this is an issue individuals need to be aware of and can take action to address, for example by setting up a strong wireless network password and following the advice in our guidance on keeping your network secure," wrote senior technology officer Andrew Paterson.

The blog coincides with research released by consumer group Which? this week, which highlighted that with greater apps and IoT technology come more potential threats to your privacy.

The research, which studied five leading brands of smart TVs, showed that most of the information being exchanged between the viewer, the TV and the manufacturers, is classed as personal information.

"This means that companies will routinely be using your information to tailor the services you receive. This might be through useful features such as suggesting upcoming programmes that you might like to watch, but will also include services you may be less keen to receive, such as targeted advertising – a practice that all but one of the manufacturers surveyed by Which? currently carries out," said Patterson.

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He went on to say that if manufacturers are using personal information in this way, then the Data Protection Act requires them to provide an appropriate level of information to explain what’s going on with your details.

Read the rest of the blog to find out how IoT devices can best comply with the law.

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