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January 2014

Thoughts on an “Updated Privacy Paradigm for the Internet of Things”

Catching up on my reading after the New Year, I came across an article by Christopher Wolf and Jules Polonetsky from the Future of Privacy Forum.  The article, issued in November, is about an updated privacy paradigm for the “Internet of Things,” and it came out on the heels of the FTC's workshop about the same subject.  After reading it, many of the points that both Jules and Chris raised resonated with me, and I'd like to offer a few additional thoughts.  

Hacking is a Bigger Consumer Concern than Data Collection for Online Advertising

With a massive data breach at Target that may have compromised as many as 40 million credit and debit cards splashed across headlines, data security and identity theft are on the minds of many U.S. consumers these days.  Hackers were able to steal names, account numbers, expiration dates, and perhaps other information including PIN data in what could be the second largest data breach at a major retailer, causing consumers to think twice about their purchases - both offline and online.