IDA, the Danish Society of Engineers, interviewed Associate Professor, Irina Shklovski, from the TiP Group, about the ITU research project, VIRT-EU, and why there’s a need to ensure that future IoT products respect concerns of personal data.
In the article, principal investigator of the project, Irina Shklovski argues that many small-scale or start-up IoT companies lack an understanding for concerns of privacy and the societal concerns that follow.
Moreover, they do not have the sufficient knowledge about how to deal with increasingly complex legislation and regulations, such as the General Data Protection Regulation, which will be implemented in 2018.
Facts about the VIRT-EU project
The goal of the VIRT-EU project is to analyze and map the ethical practices of European hardware and software entrepreneurs, maker and hacker spaces, and community innovators.
The TiP research project, VIRT-EU, was launched in the beginning of 2017, and the TiP researchers who are involved in the project include: Irina Shklovski, Luca Rossi, Rachel Douglas-Jones, Ester Fritsch and Obaida Hanteer.
The project includes five European research partners: London School of Economics (UK), Open Rights Group (UK), Uppsala University (SE), Politechnico di Torino (IT) and Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (DK).