Fostering A Better Internet Of Things

With the increase in connectivity within the Internet of things, a multitude of opportunities are presented, however, there is also a list of potential problems. Problems concerning security and privacy of the large amounts of data produced by these devices.

Digital progress and globalization have severely changed the way personal data is collected, stored and utilized. This has meant that the rather outdated data protection rules presented in 1995, need strengthening as well as a clarification to stay relevant with the current advancements in technology.

According to, information technology research and advisory company Gartner (2016) by 2020, more than 25% of identified attacks in enterprises will involve IoT, from an estimated 8.4 billion connected “things” that will be in use, making the changes to privacy laws and regulations more crucial than ever before.

The European Commission presents the new set of data protection rules in order to strengthen the fundamental rights of the citizen, in an increasingly digitalized and connected society. Initially proposed in 2012, the European commission has worked on formulating and shaping the different rules in order to present a more current framework. While the Regulation will enter into force on 24 May 2016, they will apply from 25 May 2018. The Directive enters into force on 5 May 2016 and EU Member States have to transpose it into their national law by 6 May 2018 (European Commission, 2016).

The new set of rules is intended to increase users control over data as well as provide organizations with better possibilities of utilizing the available data while cutting costs, resulting in a better payoff.

The new rules give you the rights to complain as well as to gain compensation if personal data is being misused. The new regulations and directives include but (are) not limited to the following, obtaining unambiguous consent, ceasing from processing personal data revealing, amongst others, ethnic origin, political opinions and religious beliefs, the data subject’s right of access to data, and the right to object to the processing of data (European Commission, 2016).

However, with the technological advancements we see today, it is paramount that security progression is incessantly advanced upon; it is of paramount importance that adjustments and specifications are adjusted over time to reflect the change in society and thereby continuously securing users.

For additional information please visit ‘The European Commission’ website at, where you can read the complete reform of the data protection rules.




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