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How Creepy is Your New IoT Device? Check Out This Privacy Guide!

There are billions of Internet of Things (IoT) devices out there in the world and this number will only grow. I’ve written before about smart light bulbs and smart security cameras and it’s no secret that I am fascinated by IoT technology. When I came across the Mozilla *privacy not included guide, I knew I had to share this website.

The guide includes several “smart” products for home and office and provides brief summaries of any relevant and available information related to the privacy of a particular product. The purpose of the guide is to share information regarding the privacy and data collection practices for the 136 smart products listed on the website. Clicking on a particular product on the website will provide a summary of the product’s data collection and privacy policies. Users are also able to rate products along a “creepiness” scale.

The standards that the guide uses include: whether a product uses encryption, automatic security updates, requires strong passwords, whether it has a system to manage vulnerabilities, and whether the privacy policy is accessible. According to the website, a new feature of the guide includes warning labels on certain products that consumers should “think twice about before buying.” Items marked with a yellow triangle icon with an exclamation point include the following: “warning: *privacy not included with this product.” The website includes additional information and answers questions about whether a product can snoop on you, whether an email address is required to sign up, and what personal data the device collects; all important things to know before you connect that smart product that you may be buying.

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Deborah A. George, Robinson Cole, Cybersecurity lawyer
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Deborah George is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation Group as well as its Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team.

Deb advises clients on and focuses her practice on data privacy and security, cybersecurity, and compliance with related state and federal laws. She also has experience providing counsel in civil litigation and employment law matters.  She has significant experience offering advice and counsel on legal issues related to human services agencies, including Medicaid, as well as  drafting and reviewing contracts, business associate agreements, and data use agreements. ...

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