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What to Do About Privacy?

Data Privacy

I spoke in January at an awesome technology event on the Internet of Things called Code Freeze. I had an amazing time enjoying dinner the night before with keynotes by Ray Arell from Intel, Larry Lukis of ProtoLabs and Robert Gallup of XOBXOB; the entire day was full of excitement. The guys and gals who ran the event did an amazing job of bringing in some world class speakers along with providing the largest “hack event” by a crowd that I have ever seen – more than 200 people were all together working with a LightBlue Bean. It was a blast.

One of the major topics that was brought up in the presentations that I did was the question of the privacy of data being collected by these devices. Just about anyone can go out and buy devices that collect information on when they are home, what they set their temperature to be, when they turn on and off their lights, what their heart rate is, when they exercise (when they don’t), what food they eat, how fast they drive, who do they interact with, when do they sleep, when do they not sleep, and the list goes on and on. As the adoption of these new connected devices ramps up, the privacy concerns have not been fully worked out. The real questions people kept asking me was, who owns my data now? All of this information is being collected by large companies and being stored in cloud based systems that are well out my control.

These are all great questions and quite frankly, the decisions on how data is handled in some ways have a chance to make or break the speed and level of adoption that we’ll see over time. We’ve already seen it at some level with congress introducing a bill on IoT, but much more I predict is going to happen int 2016. I’m all in favor moving fast and not waiting for big government agencies to decide things, however when it comes to personal data, like have seen with HIPPA, certain laws need to be defined so we all know what is allowed and what isn’t with our data. For now, you can bet that we’ll be coving this topic each with with articles over at IoT Weekly News. Subscribe for free!