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August 20, 2020

New privacy guidance on the Internet of Things for manufacturers and Canadians

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada today published guidance for manufacturers of Internet of Things (IoT) devices to help them develop smart devices that respect privacy rights and comply with federal privacy law. The OPC also published advice for Canadians on how to use smart devices while protecting their personal information.

Guidance for manufacturers

This guidance is for manufacturers that produce, design or ensure legal compliance for devices with embedded sensors that collect personal information—such as lights, doorbells, locks, smoke detectors, alarms, TVs, cameras, speakers, appliances, toys, clothing, watches or health trackers. It offers practical information and best practices to help manufacturers comply with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).

Advice for Canadians

This advice can help Canadians learn the basics of protecting their privacy while enjoying the benefits of smart devices. It provides tips for individuals on identifying and reducing risks, such as checking how personal information will be used and shared, and turning off Internet-connected devices when not in use.

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Privacy guidance for manufacturers of Internet of Things devices

Smart devices and your privacy

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