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Google looks to secure Bluetooth beacon communications

Editor’s note: With the news that Google is open sourcing the code for Ephemeral ID (EID) the Internet of Things is on a clearer path to making users comfortable with objects in the real world being tracked.


Privacy remains the biggest barrier to beacon adoption, as consumers don't always feel comfortable sharing their location with others.

Those privacy concerns are compounded by the fact that Bluetooth communications are susceptible to remote monitoring by hackers: a recent study found that hackers could use Bluetooth fitness trackers to remotely track a user's location.

Google is trying to ease that privacy concern by offering a new software platform for securing Bluetooth communications from beacons, according to WIRED.

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