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By Claire Swedberg

IoT Software Provider People Power Achieves GDPR Compliance

People Power, an Internet of Things (IoT) software company providing white-label solutions for home, security, energy and care, has announced that it has achieved compliance with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), enabling it to ensure consumer data privacy for IoT solutions.

Enabling privacy for all individuals within the EU, GDPR addresses the export and management of personal data beyond member state boundaries, giving citizens and residents control of their personal data and simplifying the regulatory environment for international business. Incorporating the privacy by design approach, People Power has enabled auditing and compliance controls to administer GDPR-compliant data processing for business partners offering the company's white-label IoT solutions to their customers.

"For smart homes to become truly intelligent, user data collection and analysis is a necessity. That doesn't mean a privacy tradeoff should exist," said Gene Wang, People Power's CEO, in a prepared statement. "To the contrary, smart home data demands more protection than ever before. Unlike companies that sell user data for advertising or research purposes, we never will. It's a person's home, so it's their data. With GDPR compliance, our connected home services allow users complete control of their own data."

To help oversee GDPR compliance and the company's data-protection strategy, People Power has named John Teeter, the firm's chief scientist, as its data protection officer. Teeter was previously a Presidential Innovation Fellow at the White House, where he participated in both My Data and Open Data initiatives within the Executive Branch of the Federal Government, in addition to driving innovation at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the General Services Administration (GSA).

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