Team, Visitors, External Collaborators
Overall Objectives
Application Domains
Highlights of the Year
New Software and Platforms
New Results
Partnerships and Cooperations
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Section: New Results

A generic information and consent framework for the IoT

Participants : Daniel Le Métayer, Mathieu Cunche, Victor Morel.

The development of the Internet of Things (IoT) raises specific privacy issues especially with respect to information and consent. People are generally unaware of the devices collecting data about them and do not know the organizations operating them. Solutions such as stickers or wall signs are not effective information means in most situations. As far as consent is concerned, individuals do not have simple means to express and communicate it to the entities collecting data. Furthermore, the devices used to collect data in IoT environments have scarce resources; some of them do not have any user interface, are battery-operated or operate passively. The Working Party 29 (now “European Data Protection Board”) advocates the design of new consent mechanisms, such as “privacy proxies”, on the devices themselves. Starting from their recommendations, we have defined general requirements that have to be met to ensure that information and consent are managed in a manner that is satisfactory both for data subjects and for data controllers. We have shown in [8] how these requirements can be implemented in different situations, in particular through declaration registers and beacons. Depending on the context and the types of devices involved, not all technical options are always possible. In order to provide guidance to IoT system designers, we have outlined the main choice factors in the design pace are illustrated the framework with several challenging case studies. We have also implemented a Proof of Concept prototype implementation of these techniques.