#CyberFLASH: Canada examines health devices during 2016 “Internet of Things” global privacy sweep

1297658073661_ORIGINALGATINEAU, QC — The explosion of Internet-connected everyday objects and privacy concerns surrounding our increasingly wired world have prompted the Global Privacy Enforcement Network to focus on the Internet of Things during the 2016 global privacy Sweep.

This year’s Sweep will take place from April 11th to 15th, 2016 and will involve a number of data protection authorities from around the world, including the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC), which will focus its efforts on health devices.

“Connected devices, such as fitness trackers, smart scales, sleep monitors and other health related products, are capable of capturing some of our most intimate data,” Commissioner Daniel Therrien says.

“Given the sensitivity of the information, it is imperative that the companies behind such devices are transparent about what they collect, how the information will be used and with whom the data will be shared. I’m pleased the Sweep will focus on this important area under the Internet of Things banner.”

As part of this year’s initiative, authorities will focus on accountability. Sweep participants will look at the privacy communications and practices related to Internet connected devices, but each has the flexibility to choose a different category of products and a preferred approach. While some authorities have opted to sweep wearables, health-related devices or appliances, others will be looking at very specific things like smart meters, connected cars or smart TVs.

Some authorities will purchase products and assess privacy communications right out of the box. They may even put the products to use to get a first-hand look at what personal information is being collected and whether that coincides with what privacy communications say is being collected. Others will choose to examine the privacy information that’s available through the manufacturer’s website. In other instances, authorities may contact the manufacturer, retailer or data controller directly with specific privacy questions. The OPC will use all three methodologies.

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