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How Europe Alleviates Concerns of IoT Users
Strategic measures can help mitigate the apprehensions surrounding the fascinating applications of IoT technology.
FREMONT, CA: The applications of IoT devices have increased manifold across industries and homes in Europe. But even with the growing popularity, one can sense the apprehensions users have regarding data privacy and security. It is possible to limit the vulnerabilities associated with IoT devices by using a combination of regulations and technological interventions. Europe has been a frontrunner when it comes to developing and enforcing regulations for new technologies. Although there are no exclusive rules regarding the use of IoT currently, data privacy regulations under GDPR are relevant in the domain of IoT. Discussing concerns from the perspective of some of the sectors that have started using IoT can give a clear picture of the related data privacy situation in Europe.
The insurance sector is adopting IoT to enable personalised premiums for its customers. The customer information that flows into the hands of insurers through a network of IoT devices is valuable. Similarly, the healthcare and manufacturing sectors in Europe are embracing wearable devices fitted with sensors to monitor health metrics of patients and workers, respectively. Smart homes deploying IoT devices are also opening streams of sensitive information. In all these cases, accessibility of the information accumulated through IoT devices is of critical value in alleviating privacy concerns.
By enforcing GDPR, Europe has taken a significant step towards consolidating users' rights over their information. Many aspects of IoT-related privacy concern fall under the ambit of GDPR. Thus, it falls upon the technology providers to ensure compliance to GDPR while developing IoT products. In addition, organisations acquiring the technology are also expected to prove compliance in using data generated through IoT technology. When IoT solution developers incorporate data protection capabilities right from the design stage, ensuring the data privacy becomes convenient for the users.
The ePrivacy Regulations, which are yet to be implemented, are also relevant to IoT applications. The implementation of ePrivacy Regulations will enhance the scope of protecting the data that flows through IoT systems. Thus, users of IoT in Europe can expect a high degree of protection against data breaches and misuse owing to the region’s proactive approach in regulating developments through legislations.