The Exercisability of the Right to Data Portability in the Emerging Internet of Things (IoT) Environment

Turner, S., Galindo Quintero, J., Turner, S., Lis, J., & Tanczer, L. M. (2020). The exercisability of the right to data portability in the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) environment. New Media & Society. https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444820934033

31 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2021

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Sarah Turner

affiliation not provided to SSRN

July Galindo Quintero

University College London - University College London, Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) Students

Simon Turner

University College London - Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP)

Jessica Lis

University College London - Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP)

Leonie Tanczer

University College London - Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP)

Date Written: September 26, 2021

Abstract

The right to data portability (RtDP), as outlined in the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), enables data subjects to transmit their data from one service to another. This is of particular interest in the evolving Internet of Things (IoT) environment. This research delivers the first empirical analysis detailing the exercisability of the RtDP in the context of consumer IoT devices and the information provided to users about exercising the right. In Study 1, we reviewed 160 privacy policies of IoT producers to understand the level of information provided to a data subject. In Study 2, we tested four widely available IoT systems to examine whether procedures are in place to enable users to exercise the RtDP. Both studies showcase how the RtDP is not yet exercisable in the IoT environment, risking consumers being unable to unlock the long-term benefits of IoT systems.

Keywords: Data portability, data subject rights, European Union, General Data protection Regulation, Internet of Things, regulation

Suggested Citation

Turner, Sarah and Galindo Quintero, July and Turner, Simon and Lis, Jessica and Tanczer, Leonie, The Exercisability of the Right to Data Portability in the Emerging Internet of Things (IoT) Environment (September 26, 2021). Turner, S., Galindo Quintero, J., Turner, S., Lis, J., & Tanczer, L. M. (2020). The exercisability of the right to data portability in the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) environment. New Media & Society. https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444820934033, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3931040 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3931040

Sarah Turner

affiliation not provided to SSRN

July Galindo Quintero

University College London - University College London, Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) Students ( email )

Boston House
36–38 Fitzroy Square
London, W1t 3EY
United Kingdom

Simon Turner

University College London - Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) ( email )

Boston House
36–38 Fitzroy Square
London, W1t 3EY
United Kingdom

Jessica Lis

University College London - Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) ( email )

Boston House
36–38 Fitzroy Square
London, W1t 3EY
United Kingdom

Leonie Tanczer (Contact Author)

University College London - Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) ( email )

Shropshire House (4th Floor)
Capper Street
London, WC1E 6JA
United Kingdom

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