Published: 7 June 2018
The IoT Privacy Forum has launched its newest report, Clearly Opaque: Privacy Risks of the Internet of Things. The result of eighteen months of research comprising workshops and interviews with forty experts, practitioners and scholars, the report is one of the most comprehensive explorations of IoT privacy and governance issues currently available. It highlights key privacy risks emerging from the steady deployment of connected devices: the destabilization of boundaries, challenges to consent, loss of ability to know who is monitoring people, the home losing its sanctity as a private space, and the potential for long-term monitoring of people’s emotional states. To help combat these risks, Clearly Opaque reveals the strategies and frameworks emerging to address different parts of the privacy problem. User Control & Management, Notification, and Governance strategies are discussed to help product designers, manufacturers and policymakers get ahead of emerging IoT issues to help ensure that these useful and entertaining devices do not dismantle vital privacy and social values.