Privacy and data security are key
concerns in the Internet of Things
(IoT). It is important to incorporate
appropriate privacy and security
controls into your IoT device at the
development stage in order to
effectively address privacy and
security risks, and build user
confidence. The following checklist
can help you create a safer and
more welcoming IoT environment.
Identify information that your device
collects, where it comes from, what it is used for, with
whom it is shared and for what purposes.
Conduct a privacy impact assessment to
identify privacy risks and consider ways that the risks can be
addressed or managed.
Familiarize yourself with data protection laws
in place where the device will be offered.
Consider whether any other laws could apply to
the device or the persons or industries that will be using the
Understand the device's technical
limitations that may impact security.
Understand the existing threat
Limit collection and retention of information
to what is reasonable and necessary to operate the device.
Describe personal information handling
practices in a simple and clear manner and obtain
Ensure that any collection, use or disclosure of
personal information for "secondary" purposes
(such as marketing or targeting) is optional.
Implement appropriate security controls,
keeping in mind the nature of the device and the information
collected, how information is stored and identified threats.
Engage experts in de-identification of
personal information to ensure it is done effectively.
Regularly review existing security measures
and update in light of changes to the threat environment or
Review privacy policies and consent language
regularly and any time a change is made to the device or applicable
data protection laws.
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