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.
WhatsApp has announced new terms and conditions which notify its approximately 1 billion users that it will share user information with its parent company, Facebook. Existing WhatsApp users have until 25 September to opt-out of sharing user information with Facebook, for ads and products experiences.
With the results of the Ashley Madison investigation now available, it’s important for all businesses to recognise that the personal information they collect is one of their biggest assets — and if breached, has the capacity to cause irreparable reputational damage, and significant cost.