International review of the GPEN looks at privacy of Internet of Things

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12 April 2016
The Sweep of the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) on how Internet of Things devices use personal data, and how users are kept informed, has been started on 11 April 2016.

The review will look at devices like smart electricity meters, internet-connected thermostats and watches that monitor health, considering how well companies communicate privacy matters to their customers.

29 data protection authorities around the world will contribute to the Sweep, with the combined results published in September. Authorities will also consider action against any devices or services that are found to be breaking data protection laws.

The Belgian Privacy Commission will focus on performing examinations of privacy communications on the websites in which devices that relate to smart metering systems are found.

The work is coordinated by the GPEN, and follows previous reports on online services for children, website privacy policies and mobile phone apps.

Questions ? Please contact Sarah Boulerhcha, communications officer.

+32 (0)2 274 48 08 or +32(0)473 85 15 97

 sarah.boulerhcha(at)privacycommission.be