Data Privacy Playbook for Wearables and IoT

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Wearables and the Internet of Things raise significant consumer privacy issues that you need to prepare for now. We outline the key concerns with a primer on how to get your organization ready.

Apple CEO Tim Cook’s recent defense of privacy and encryption highlights an issue of paramount important to today’s IT leaders: Data privacy. IT leaders may debate the scope of their involvement with security and privacy issues, as they did at the recent MIT Sloan CIO Symposium. But data privacy, a perennial problem, has become critical for every organization as we fit every one of our things for network connectivity.

Though wearables and the Internet of Things (IoT) share similar privacy concerns to that of mobile devices, the nature of continuous, on-the-body, or ubiquitous environmental sensing amplifies the privacy issues. Ambient computing, or an ecosystem of wearables and IoT on or near a user, has the ability to acquire intelligence about a user and his or her surroundings by sensing, processing, and communicating data to infer the user’s context, external stimuli, behavior, and intent.

This article highlights the specific privacy concerns related to wearables and IoT, and gives you best practices for consumer privacy protection.

To read the full article, visit InformationWeek. Published on June 8, 2015. Author Scott Amyx.