The Future Of Privacy Forum (FPF) published a report PDF exploring the privacy impact of using IoT devices for people with disabilities.
“Internet of Things devices in homes, cars and on our bodies can improve the quality of life for people with disabilities—if they are designed to be accessible and account for the sensitive nature of the data they collect,” said Jules Polonetsky, CEO of the Future of Privacy Forum. “We expect this first-of-its-kind paper to inspire collaboration among advocates, academia, government, and industry to ‘bake in’ privacy and accessibility from the start of the design process.”
While IoT devices can make life with disabilities easier, they stress how their potential to violate privacy risks requires to integrate accessibility and privacy considerations from the early stages, in an inclusive design process.
A lot of what is said about privacy in the report is valid regardless of a person’s capabilities, but it is a very welcome – and indeed rather rare – addition to the debate to raise concerns about privacy in the a11y context in particular.