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Privacy No More? A Bill of Rights for the Internet of Things

Originally posted on MAKE:

940_LRG-1When your shoes can tell the internet where they are and what they’re doing, personal privacy is on strange new ground. Keeping your personal data out of the wrong hands is shaping up to be an epic struggle.

Limor Fried and Phil Torrone at Adafruit Industries say the answer is easy: we need a Bill of Rights for the Internet of Things.

“A few core principles:

· Open is better than closed; this ensures portability between Internet of Things devices.

· Consumers, not companies, own the data collected by Internet of Things devices.

· Internet of Things devices that collect public data must share that data.

· Users have the right to keep their data private.

· Users can delete or back up data collected by Internet of Things devices.”

Today’s New York Times features Limor’s thoughtful proposal. “These are all reasonable consumer rights,” she writes. “Smart companies will…

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