A representative survey, which was conducted directly with end customers by the market research institute Dr. Grieger & Cie. in cooperation with the German Smart Home Initiative (SmartHome Initiative Deutschland e.V.), examined how smart homes are perceived. The diagram below shows one result. Three out of five users are worried about their privacy. This is the critical statement that is most often made. Around one third are afraid of hacker attacks.
Source: Splendid Research: Smart Home Monitor 2016, Repäsentative Umfrage zum Status quo und Entwicklung von Smart Home in Deutschland.
This is precisely the point of departure of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU-GDPR) which was published in May 2016 and replaces the previous "Directive on the Protection of Natural Persons During Processing of Personal Data and on Free Movement of Data" of the European Community. Unlike the previous Directive, it is regarded as a Regulation. Beginning May 2018, it will be binding law throughout the EU.
The General Data Protection Regulation will therefore also apply to smart home applications since they involve a large volume of personal data which are exchanged every day between the devices and external servers.
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