Have you heard about the Internet of things? If it is
industry's great opportunity, it might be the Privacy
Officer's brainteaser over the next few years.
Increasingly objects are becoming "smart". No human
intervention is required to record and communicate data, permitting
otherwise unconnected objects to interact with one another.
Objects are being embedded with a variety of sensors. These
objects collect information about their environment, their
operation, and their interaction with other objects. These devices
can communicate with each other and with databases through wireless
networks. All the of data that these objects collect and produce
becomes fodder for analysis in Big Data projects for understanding
Even though human intervention is not required; individuals are
often interacting with those objects in some way, such that the
information is, at least in part, about those individuals.
As the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) puts it:
"Connected devices can
communicate with consumers, transmit data back to companies, and
compile data for third parties such as researchers, health care
providers, or even other consumers, who can measure how their
product usage compares with that of their neighbors. The devices
can provide important benefits to consumers: they can handle tasks
on a consumer's behalf, improve efficiency, and enable
consumers to control elements of their home or work environment
from a distance. At the same time, the data collection and sharing
that smart devices and greater connectivity enable pose privacy and
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