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[Study] Connected devices : a threat for our private life?

The CNIL is still on schedule to propose new rules and laws to protect users. Upon the arrival of this new technology are connected objects, the CNIL has expressed on privacy and personal data. The new technology YES but not at any price! Thanks to the Data Protection Act, users of objects connected and their data is protected.

However, if the user has been advised of the release of data, protection of the law is reduced. Take the example of a connected object connected to an application: If the application requires the user personal data to be used (otherwise the application is unavailable) and the user does not wish to release their information so it has no choice but to abandon the use of this application. If he uses the application so he agrees to deliver its data, in the eyes of the law he is accused and if a problem arose protection will be reduced.

The opinion of the G29 is also complemented the Data Protection Act by harmonizing rules for manufacturers, users and data across Europe.

  CNIL recommendations deal with data

The French Data Protection Authority has issued recommendations concerning personal data and specifically how they can be protected, with the use of connected objects.


The CNIL thus advises users:

To use, if possible, a pseudonym to share their data.
Not to automate data sharing to other services (particularly to social networks).
Not to publish the data in management circles of trust.
To erase or recover data when a service is no longer used.
This list was published on the official website of the CNIL in November 2012. The CNIL decided to associate this list of recommendations to “quantified self” that is, the tendency of the consumer who wants to know everything about himself through the collected data . CNIL therefore cautions regarding this new practice may seem “not bad” for the user but which reveals much more information than it seems. This data is personal and some organizations may use them and do not just see this data as a way to get to know but more like a business.


A new use of personal data?

Currently many projects are emerging to counter the idea that personal data is composed of a sequence of numbers and can not actually be used by the consumer. This idea is based on the fact that users complain about the dissemination of their data when they themselves can not use them. One solution comes from the web platform Exist who thinks the user by offering a concept that propels him towards a better use of personal data. This solution is interesting for the user who finally sees control its data.

Other solutions also arrive, for example, Kranenberg wants to set up a sales system by propelling eBay auction in the Internet of Things. The concept would be to offer users the ability to sell their data to large enterprises for greater equality in the use of personal data. The user would also “owns” its own data. The company is considering a solution that may suit both parties, companies and users.

The debate and the future of personal data so have not finished making noise!

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