Researcher: Internet of Things Is “Bit of a Wild West”
PERSONAL PRIVACYApril 26, 2013
The Globe and Mail reports on the growth of Internet-connected devices known as “the Internet of Things”—washing machines, overhead lights, smart scales and more that can all be controlled by owners’ mobile devices. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development estimates the average household with two teenagers will own around 50 Internet-connected devices by 2022. “The vast majority of the future devices of this type don’t exist today,” says Stephen Prentice of Gartner. “If you can measure it, then someone is going to have a device to do that and someone will find a use for that data.” Prentice cautions that the regulatory environment isn’t keeping pace with technology, saying, “At the moment, it’s a case of buyer beware.” Editor’s Note: Field Fisher Waterhouse Partner Eduardo Ustaran, CIPP/E, recently wrote about the Internet of Things in a Privacy Perspectives blog post.