The IoT Privacy Forum has launched its newest report, Clearly Opaque: Privacy Risks of the Internet of Things. The result of eighteen months of research comprising workshops and interviews with forty experts, practitioners and scholars, the report is one of the most comprehensive explorations of IoT privacy and governance issues currently available. It highlights key privacy risks emerging from the steady deployment of connected devices: the destabilization of boundaries, challenges to consent, loss of ability to know who is monitoring people, the home losing its sanctity as a private space, and the potential for long-term monitoring of people’s emotional states. To help combat these risks, Clearly Opaque reveals the strategies and frameworks emerging to address different parts of the privacy problem. User Control & Management, Notification, and Governance strategies are discussed to help product designers, manufacturers and policymakers get ahead of emerging IoT issues to help ensure that these useful and entertaining devices do not dismantle vital privacy and social values.

As a companion to the report, UC Berkeley’s Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity has released a short version of Clearly Opaque as part of their white paper series on important cyber topics. The paper, Privacy and the Internet of Things: Emerging Frameworks for Policy and Design, distills the key points of Clearly Opaque into an easily read summary suitable for policymakers, journalists and other interested people who want to come up to speed on IoT privacy risks and their solutions quickly.

For an even faster read, the IoT Privacy Forum’s founder Gilad Rosner has an op-ed in The Hill called The Internet of Things is Built to Leak.