Today we're celebrating International Data Privacy Day with a special edition of our podcast, and a conversation with industry leading experts: Dr. Maritza Johnson, Rowenna Fielding, and Dr. Nathan Good. We've spoken to both Dr. Johnson and Ms. Fielding on the Zero Hour podcast. We're excited to have Dr. Nathan Good join us here, too. We talk GDPR, CCPA, and IoT. That's a lot of letters, but our conversation is, I'm happy to report, relatively jargon free. And, contrary to what you might think about privacy experts, these folks are insightful and hilarious.
Without further ado, here are our experts and our conversation:
Dr. Maritza Johnson
Security & Privacy Researcher
Head of Individual Rights & Ethics
Dr. Nathan Good
Principal, Good Research
Even before 5G's arrival we've already seen breaches of IoT devices. What would you tell product designers to keep in mind vis-a-vis data privacy? For example, should there be a universal protocol for how devices communicate with one another and share data?
Johnson: I think product designers are the real leverage point for making changes to data privacy and security. Don't settle for the status quo on data collection and use. Think hard about the context in which people will use your product, what are they expecting based on the value that your product offers? People don't want to be surprised by unrelated bonus features. When they install an app that does a certain thing, they expect to get the feature and only the feature. Don't be lazy and do something in a certain way because it's easiest or that's the way it's always been done. Minimize the amount of data collected, minimize how long the data is retained, and reduce the fidelity in which it's stored.