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Privacy shortcomings of Internet of Things businesses revealed

A woman overlaid with a network of icons representing the digital world In April 2016, 25 privacy enforcement authorities from around the world looked into the way over 300 Internet of Things (IoT) devices communicate with their customers about privacy. In Australia we examined 45 different devices, including fitness and health monitors, ‘smart’ travel locks and thermostats, from both multinational and start-up businesses.

Our results revealed that overall, 71 per cent of devices did not provide a privacy policy that adequately explains how personal information is managed.

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