German digital industry sees value in IoT data transparency - study

Thursday 8 February 2018 | 14:45 CET | News

Germany’s digital economy is nearly unanimous in its demands for complete transparency with Internet of Things (IoT) devices, according to a new study the BVDW, Germany’s association for the digital economy, carried out among 209 experts from its member organisations. Some 96 percent of respondents said consumer should be informed about what kinds of data are being transmitted by their respective IoT devices to recipients.

The digital economy is prepared to offer insights into these data processes and help create transparency for the industry and build trust among consumers, said the BVDW. To that end, 61 percent of respondents said it would be feasible to roll out some sort of self-disclosure feature across networked devices that easily provides customers access to information on how their data is being handled. Eighty percent of respondents to the study said this would be useful to firms and digital companies themselves, as it would increase the acceptability of IoT devices among consumers and help spread the technology. Only 11 percent of respondents said such a system would require an unreasonably large amount of effort on the part of companies and slow down the development of the IoT.

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