Privacy has made headlines for years now, and the rise of social platforms like Facebook has brought the issue into focus. In 2016, I expect privacy to remain at the forefront of technology news, especially with increasing digitization and technology innovations like Smart Cities, digitized transport and the Internet of Things (IoT). These technologies are generating amounts of data previously unknown. IT analysts International Data Corporation (IDC)state that by 2020 the IoT will account for 10% of all the data generated on Earth.

One of the most impactful changes in recent years, which affects privacy gravely, is the massive increase in data theft. Since 2013 there have been a staggering 3.7 billion records stolen. This heady mix of technology innovation, data generation and sophisticated cyber threats is creating new challenges for the privacy agenda.

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