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Deakin2019  IoT 01Deakin University

This project presents empirical data about the purchasing patterns, common uses and knowledge Australian consumers have of consumer internet of things (CIoTs) and their privacy impacts. This data is supplemented by interviews concerning the security, privacy and regulatory risks of CIoTs with 32 key stakeholders in the fields of information security, regulation and academic research. These perspectives provide new understandings of the role of CIoTs in contemporary Australian life, and the policy and regulatory challenges that emerge from their rapid expansion.

The role of privacy icons was also considered as a mechanism for raising consumer awareness of privacy issues associated with CIoTs, but the survey and interview findings indicate that substantial law reform and greater industry engagement are required before icons can have meaningful impact in addressing consumer privacy issues.

Report & consumer education resources published 2021 

The team have developed a suite of resources to promote consumer awareness about privacy and the Internet of Things. Download them below and share with your networks.

Download: pdfConsumer education postcard765.58 KB

Download: pdfConsumer education flyer1.01 MB

Download: pdfReport - Enhancing Consumer Awareness of Privacy and the Internet of Things1.63 MB

Download: docxReport - Enhancing Consumer Awareness of Privacy and the Internet of Things1.14 MB


Report authors Dr Ian Warren (Project Lead) and Dr Monique Mann presented as part of ACCAN's IoT Policy Paper Launch event.


Grant Round: 2019

Amount awarded: $76,195