IoT and GDPR Regulation

Despite the fact that Internet of Things (IoT) is something that has been around for some time, it is as yet a moderately new idea. Regardless, individuals are producing and learning a lot regarding IoT. Data is exceedingly valuable, and there are abundant threats to the security of an organization’s data. At the IOT Summit held recently, the board shed some light on the categories of permission, consistency, and obligation concerning privacy and data security challenges.

All across Europe, the pending General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is currently impacting business and organizations. For this reason, organizations must take action to ascertain that they are appropriately capturing, monitoring, integrating and protecting data to comply with GDPR once it is applied in May 2018.

IoT organizations are less organized in their strategies to the security of data surrounding the GDPR new regulation which is a serious concern. Firstly, GDPR defines privacy of data broadly. Mainly, it places enormous responsibilities on the respective organizations to ensure ‘privacy by design’ to make sure that data protection and confidentiality is implemented.

Secondly, the rise and developing pervasiveness of IoT worsen these issues. At the core of IoT is the idea of the constantly associated client. Organizations are hoping to produce and catch vast volumes of data about consumer inclinations and practices to drive a competitive advantage.

Another enormous challenge IoT organizations confront is knowing where the sensitive and private data dwells within the organization and who is in charge of dealing with it. Notably, under the new GDPR, the person controlling the data must respond to access requests within one month, with the likelihood of expanding this period for complex solicitations. Essentially, this is more stringent than existing controls.

May 2018 is approaching, and it will be prudent for organizations to ensure that their IoT infrastructure complies with GDPR else face fines up to 4% their respective annual turnover.