With the Internet of Things, it’s deja vu all over again. The vendors who provide public APIs and support open standards will succeed in the long run. Likewise, the vendors who try to trap consumers behind proprietary software and non-interoperable products will eventually fail, to everyone’s detriment. If you win the IoT, you lose it.
On September 9th, 2013 – The New York Times asked Adafruit’s founder and engineer, Limor “Ladyada” Fried to contribute to an article series called ROOM for DEBATE. The article can be viewed here and Limor’s contribution can be viewed here.
We believe Internet of Things devices should all come with a well established expectation of what they will and will not do with consumer’s data. In the article we put together the start of what we hope will help this effort – Minimizing Risk Is Easy: Adopt a Bill of Rights
- Open is better than closed; this ensures portability between Internet of Things devices.
- Consumers, not companies, own the data collected by Internet of Things devices.
- Internet of Things devices that collect public data must share that data.
- Users have the right to keep their data private.
- Users can delete or back up data collected by Internet of Things devices.