Observatory's Data Fortnight digest: Data, Security and Safety

As part of our Data Fortnight in the run-up to GDPR, we are bringing together the Observatory’s resources on data in a series of digest pieces. This digest covers reports and articles on the risks to privacy and security and ways to mitigate these.


Me, my data and I: The future of the personal data economy

Published, 18 September 2017

This report by Nesta claims that individuals have lost control of their personal data and that the private sector benefits from a lack of transparency of how profits are made from personal data. Nesta further argues that we need to think about personal data as a common good.

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Secure by Design

Published, 7 March 2018

This DCMS report explores ways in which strong security can be built into ‘internet of things’ products by designers and manufacturers, to better protect consumers. It promotes a ‘secure by design’ approach that involves a code of practice for industry and government supporting actions.

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Connected toys: opportunities, risks and challenges

Published, 15 December 2017

This analysis piece for the Observatory argues that in recent years, toys have become more sophisticated, computerised and connected but have at the same time increasingly been subject to privacy and security concerns.

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Wi-Fi tracking: great opportunities come with privacy concerns

Published, 27 April 2018

This analysis piece for the Observatory discusses how online retailers collect and analyse large amounts of tracking data to offer advertisements tailored to individuals. Offline retailers are facing a serious disadvantage due to this, and have found a different way of inconspicuously collecting useful data about their customers’ behaviour: Wi-Fi tracking.

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Adressing future safety and security challenges of non-embedded software in smart systems

Published, 8 January 2018

This analysis piece for the Observatory discusses the impact of non-embedded software in smart systems on safety and security challenges. It also discusses ways to potentially avoid these risks.

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