Internet of things needs global privacy push, says UK regulator

Gigaom

The U.K. telecommunications regulator Ofcom has called for international industry standards on privacy in the internet of things.

On Tuesday the regulator published an outline of its approach to the developing internet of things, largely based on responses to a call for input that it made last year. It noted that “stakeholders” had identified data privacy and consumer literacy as their primary areas of concern.

“We have concluded that a common framework that allows consumers easily and transparently to authorize the conditions under which data collected by their devices is used and shared by others will be critical to future development of the IoT sector,” Ofcom wrote. “If users do not trust that their data is being handled appropriately there is a risk that they might withhold its use.”

Respondents had said that existing U.K. data protection legislation would be appropriate for regulating the internet of things, though not necessarily…

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