Internet of things (IoT)—data protection, privacy and security
Produced in partnership with Rosemary Jay, Senior Consultant Attorney of Hunton & Williams and Giulio Coraggio and Giordana Babini of DLA Piper
Internet of things (IoT)—data protection, privacy and security

The following Information Law guidance note Produced in partnership with Rosemary Jay, Senior Consultant Attorney of Hunton & Williams and Giulio Coraggio and Giordana Babini of DLA Piper provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Internet of things (IoT)—data protection, privacy and security
  • What is the internet of things?
  • The IoT in the Digital Single Market
  • The GDPR
  • The identified key themes for concern
  • Article 29 Working Party Opinion on Recent Developments on the Internet of Things
  • Security
  • UK Code of Practice for Consumer Internet of Things Security
  • Network threat analysis

This Practice Note focuses on the data protection and privacy implications of the internet of things (IoT) and the data collected by it.

The following key areas are examined:

  1. What is the internet of things?

  2. The internet of things in the Digital Single Market

  3. The GDPR

  4. The identified key themes for concern

  5. Article 29 Working Party Opinion on recent developments in the internet of things

  6. Security

  7. UK Code of Practice for Consumer Internet of Things Security

  8. Network threat analysis

For more detailed information on the key commercial issues arising in relation to the IoT and the collation of data, see Practice Note: Internet of Things (IoT)—key legal issues.

What is the internet of things?

The term ‘IoT’ does not have a recognised legal definition but is commonly used to describe the combination of objects, incorporating technology that responds to instructions and/or environments through sensors that are connected to other objects or networks.

In 2014, Ofcom described the IoT in the following terms in its consultation on Promoting investment and innovation in the Internet of Things:

‘The IoT describes the interconnection of everyday devices to provide a range of new and innovative services that will fundamentally change the way we live. This change will be driven by both the scale and variety of devices within the IoT.’

It went on to note that, at the time