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XRSI Framework for Privacy and Safety

The XR industry is moving fast, so is the urgency to create standards, guidelines, and awareness for XR companies, manufacturers, developers, artists, and stakeholders. Recent news about data, privacy, and safety concerns are growing as technological advancements take place. To address this urgent XRSI is releasing the first comprehensive framework for Privacy and Safety in the immersive domain, with an innovative approach.

The framework is a free, open, and globally accessible baseline tool built by bringing together a diverse set of experts from various backgrounds and domains, including privacy and cybersecurity, cloud computing, immersive technologies, artificial intelligence, legal, policy, arts, product design, engineering, accessibility, and many more.

The XRSI Framework for Privacy and Safety sets a baseline set of standards, guidelines, and best, regulation-agnostic, practices. It incorporates privacy requirements drawn from the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) guidance, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA), and other evolving laws. The framework is designed to adapt and include novel requirements as new regulations come into effect.

The AR/VR domain expands the definition of personal information that must be protected, including biometrically-inferred data, which is especially prevalent in XR data pipelines. You need to consider new rights for data subjects—​the people whose information is collected and used—​to know what’s being collected, how it is used, and how it is shared.

Given the potential immersion of XR experiences and the breadth of sensitive information available to XR hardware, informed consent is especially important, but it is not enough. This project, supported by worldwide organizations, universities, and governments, includes ensuring age-appropriate design and awareness for parents to increase child safety and important tools for making this emerging domain fully accessible and usable.

XRSI has produced Universally applicable taxonomies for XR and Spatial Computing domain, which are widely adopted by all the big tech companies leading in the XR space as well as global governments. The XRSI Privacy and Safety Framework is already being considered as the baseline framework to be adopted at the federal level for regulatory framework development.

And if all that wasn’t enough, we have stepped up collaboration with AI and data-driven organizations in the corporate, nonprofit, and medical domains, the pillars of the upcoming mass adoption.

Take a look at the 1.0 version to see how we are BOLDLY helping build safer, more accessible, and more inclusive, immersive worlds!

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