European Data Protection Digest

EC Consultation: Guidelines Needed for Internet of Things

ONLINE PRIVACY—EU

March 14, 2013

Respondents to a European Commission (EC) consultation on the “Internet of Things” (IoT) showed broad consensus in support of guidelines and standards for data protection in the IoT, reports Out-Law.com. However, among the more than 600 respondents, there was a distinct split between industry groups saying current regulations were adequate to govern IoT activities and civil society representatives calling for further legislation, the report states. The EC also published a fact sheet on data protection and information security that noted, “if IoT is not designed from the start” to include data protection rights such as the right of deletion and the right to be forgotten, “we will face the problem of misuse of IoT systems and consumer detriment.” Editor’s Note: Field Fisher Waterhouse Partner Eduardo Ustaran, CIPP/E, recently wrote “The Internet of Things and a Balanced Approach to Regulatory Intervention” in Privacy Perspectives, the IAPP’s new blog.
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