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Data ownership and value heat up IoT data debate

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Is all data created equal?

During our discussion on IoT privacy and security, Apperian Inc. chief marketing officer Mark Lorion suggested that not all IoT data requires the same degree of security. For example, medical, financial or even geographic data likely requires a higher level of security than pedometer data or the like. Hacking an IoT-enabled insulin pump can seriously endanger the physical safety of a user, whereas hacking a FitBit cannot.

Brian Katz, director of EUC Mobility Strategy at VMware, responded to Lorion by further stressing the idea that not all data is created equal -- especially when it comes to IoT data:

Who owns the (IoT) data?

Letting users decide what their data is worth helps put control back in their hands, but is it their data to control? Does the organization capturing or storing the data have a right to it? Participants -- including Forrester analyst Tyler Shields -- debated the subject of data ownership:

Forrester analyst Eve Maler put it differently when speaking to SearchCIO about companies' data ownership expectations: "It's as though companies are automatically granted access to consumers' personal data by virtue of their privileged position, versus consumers controlling the information that is sharable."

For further discussion on who owns the economic value of user-generated data, check out SearchCIO's coverage of Uber's updated privacy policy.

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When it comes to IoT data ownership, who holds the power? Why?
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It really depends on what the data is. In many cases, there almost seems to be an implied consent on the part of the user to allow the company access to their data. In other instances, such as with the mentioned health data, that data clearly belongs to the user. It depends on the context, and will have to be determined on a case-by-case basis.
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