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Global sweep reveals the privacy risks of Internet of Things devices

Privacy Commissioners reveal the hidden risks of the Internet of Things
Friday, 23 September 2016
A global sweep of Internet of Things products has revealed that 71 per cent of devices and services used by Australians did not provide a privacy policy and notices to adequately explain how personal information is collected, used and dis closed.

The results have been released by the Australian Privacy Commissioner, and fellow international regulators, through the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN).

Internet of Things technology is built into all kinds of services like movie streaming, fitness trackers, home appliances and children’s toys. But the seamless nature of how these devices collect, store and share user information means that customers are not always fully aware of the privacy risks.

Accordingly, the 26 privacy enforcement authorities that make up GPEN examined the privacy policies of over 300 businesses around the world, including 45 used by Australian consumers every day.

The Australian report found that:

71 per cent failed to properly explain how information was stored
69 per cent did not adequately explain how customers could delete their information off the device
38 per cent failed to include easily identifiable contact details if customers had privacy concerns
91 per cent did not advise customers to customise their privacy settings.
Australian Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, found that the Australian businesses assessed as part of the sweep generally lacked clear information for customers about how their personal information was being managed — with more than half failing to adequately explain how personal information was collected, used and disclosed.

‘The Internet of Things allows for some great products and entertainment, but many of us have adopted this technology into our everyday lives without considering how much of our personal information is being captured or what happens to that information.

‘Remember, for an Internet of Things device to work for you it needs to know about you, so you should know what information is being collected and where it is going.

‘I encourage all Australians to look for privacy policies before you decide to use a device, and ensure you are comfortable with what information is being collected and how it is being managed.’

The Commissioner said that the majority of the businesses reviewed in the sweep could benefit from better explaining their information handling practices to customers.

The Commissioner’s office is working with businesses and start-ups to help them better understand their privacy obligations, and creating a range of educational materials on developing and implementing best privacy practices.

‘This year’s GPEN sweep has reinforced how important it is for businesses, particularly start-ups, to implement a ‘privacy-by-design’ approach, where strong privacy frameworks and communications are implemented from the beginning.

‘Strong privacy protections and clear explanations for how personal information is managed helps build consumer trust. It also avoids the costly exercise of building these privacy frameworks later on, most often after something has already gone wrong.’

For further information, please visit www.oaic.gov.au or follow @OAICgov.

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(Re-post from the Office Australian Information Commission
Media contact: Ms Alison Wares 0407 663 968 media@oaic.gov.au)

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