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E-book readers and networked TV sets send data on user behaviour to companies, fitness wristbands measure the pulse and supply health data to third parties, remote controls in smart homes preheat the oven and monitoring boxes in cars transmit driving behaviour to insurance companies, which make the amount of premium payments dependent on the measured data.

 

As early as 2014 a study of the Austrian Chamber of Labour warned of the (un)foreseeable consequences of the Internet of Things (IoT) for the privacy of users. In 2020, the European Commission estimated that over 50 million IoT devices were in operation worldwide.

 

The latest AK EUROPA position paper shows the need for action and the main demands that would offer consumers appropriate protection against the risks from networked devices.

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Daniela Zimmer

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