Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
End of Bibblio RCM includes -->
1/15/2016
01:00 PM
James Kane
James Kane
Slideshows
Connect Directly
Twitter
LinkedIn
RSS
E-Mail

The Internet of Private ‘Things:’ 7 Privacy Missteps

A cautionary tale about the rules of 'Privacy by Design' and seven IoT companies that broke them in recent years.
Previous
1 of 8
Next

(Image Source: Fitbit)

(Image Source: Fitbit)

This year the Internet of Things stole Christmas.

FitBit, the wearable fitness tracker, pushed aside games and music streaming services to become Christmas Day’s most downloaded app on the App Store. As the nation sat down to stuff themselves, millions of wearable fitness trackers came online, each logging the most intimate details of their users’ movements. Some kids this Christmas unpacked Hello Barbie, a doll that uses voice-recognition technology to respond to children’s questions – and sends recordings of their conversations to third parties.

I hate to be a Grinch - but have we really thought through the implications of all this? In the coming years data drawn from IoT devices will monitor and log more information about us than ever before. In fact, Mark Andreessen recently predicted that over the next 20 years every physical item will have a chip implanted in it.

So far companies have not done a particularly great job at protecting their consumers’ privacy. To remedy that, here are a few New Year’s privacy policy resolutions based on the seven principles of Privacy by Design -- and some cautionary examples from companies that broke them. 

 

In 2008 James Kane launched Two Bulls with cofounder Noah Harlan. Prior to co-founding Two Bulls, James served as an advisor to the Australian Federal Attorney General, specializing in IP and international Law. He also worked as an attorney at law in New York and clerked with ... View Full Bio

Previous
1 of 8
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
//Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
geriatric
geriatric,
User Rank: Moderator
1/19/2016 | 8:57:30 AM
Same Problem You Have
Companies who ignore privacy concerns have the same mentality as those who create and publish ugly pornographic images under the guise of business and industry-relevant articles. Who did your proof-reading - Hugh Hefner, Larry Flynt or Lena Dunham?
Edge-DRsplash-10-edge-articles
I Smell a RAT! New Cybersecurity Threats for the Crypto Industry
David Trepp, Partner, IT Assurance with accounting and advisory firm BPM LLP,  7/9/2021
News
Attacks on Kaseya Servers Led to Ransomware in Less Than 2 Hours
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer,  7/7/2021
Commentary
It's in the Game (but It Shouldn't Be)
Tal Memran, Cybersecurity Expert, CYE,  7/9/2021
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
Improving Enterprise Cybersecurity With XDR
Enterprises are looking at eXtended Detection and Response technologies to improve their abilities to detect, and respond to, threats. While endpoint detection and response is not new to enterprise security, organizations have to improve network visibility, expand data collection and expand threat hunting capabilites if they want their XDR deployments to succeed. This issue of Tech Insights also includes: a market overview for XDR from Omdia, questions to ask before deploying XDR, and an XDR primer.
Flash Poll
How Enterprises are Developing Secure Applications
How Enterprises are Developing Secure Applications
Recent breaches of third-party apps are driving many organizations to think harder about the security of their off-the-shelf software as they continue to move left in secure software development practices.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2022-31108
PUBLISHED: 2022-06-28
Mermaid is a JavaScript based diagramming and charting tool that uses Markdown-inspired text definitions and a renderer to create and modify complex diagrams. An attacker is able to inject arbitrary `CSS` into the generated graph allowing them to change the styling of elements outside of the generat...
CVE-2022-31229
PUBLISHED: 2022-06-28
Dell PowerScale OneFS, 8.2.x through 9.3.0.x, contain an error message with sensitive information. An administrator could potentially exploit this vulnerability, leading to disclosure of sensitive information. This sensitive information can be used to access sensitive resources.
CVE-2022-31230
PUBLISHED: 2022-06-28
Dell PowerScale OneFS, versions 8.2.x-9.2.x, contain broken or risky cryptographic algorithm. A remote unprivileged malicious attacker could potentially exploit this vulnerability, leading to full system access.
CVE-2022-2145
PUBLISHED: 2022-06-28
Cloudflare WARP client for Windows (up to v. 2022.5.309.0) allowed creation of mount points from its ProgramData folder. During installation of the WARP client, it was possible to escalate privileges and overwrite SYSTEM protected files.
CVE-2022-28621
PUBLISHED: 2022-06-28
A remote disclosure of sensitive information vulnerability was discovered in HPE NonStop DSM/SCM version: T6031H03^ADP. HPE has provided a software update to resolve this vulnerability in HPE NonStop DSM/SCM.