Smart Devices and the Moral Imperative of Informed Consent
The quasi-infinite connectivity of the #Internet of Things (#IoT) could mean that everyone will eventually need to watch a #privacy briefing prior to buying a vacuum cleaner, or take a #security awareness class before connecting a smart TV to their home network.
But that will not happen anytime soon, because every sale — from the simplest fitness tracker to the most invasive #edtech in schools — needs to be an impulse purchase, or it risks #impacting economic growth. Stock markets frown upon flat quarters.
For me, that exuberant push to sign up for more #AI-driven #cloud gizmos translates into push-back, as companies wonder why due diligence is necessary when conducting #cybersecurity audits or vendor risk assessments. But that’s okay, because this is a transitional period, and no one can say that we don’t live in interesting times.
Although evolving at a glacial pace that trails the frenetic speed of innovation, #tech safety standards do evolve. And even though it takes many privacy breaches and data abuses, legislation reform eventually does happen as well.
Claudiu Popa is a certified information privacy professional and author of the Canadian Privacy and Data Security Toolkit (1st and 2nd ed. CPA Canada)
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