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The Internet of Things (IoT) and its impact on personal privacy

Thanks to billions of wirelessly connected devices across the globe gathering and transmitting data about our lives, we face a potentially enormous threat to our privacy.           

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At the annual International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, experts from around the world got together to consider the impact the Internet of Things (IoT), (a term that refers to the transfer of data via a wide range of devices), is going to have on personal privacy, and came up with this declaration.

The IoT promises to transform daily life, making it easier to work, travel, shop and stay healthy. Businesses involved in the IoT should take note, as it seems privacy commissioners from around the world will expect data generated by devices to be treated as personal information and thereby accorded the protection conveyed by local privacy laws.


Harold O’Brien, North Ryde
David Thompson, Melbourne
Richard Williams, Melbourne

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