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Motion Data: Company Policies Often Neglect to Address

Updated: May 24, 2023

Does Your Company's Information Governance Policies Address Motion Data?

"Motion data" is a type of sensor data that captures information about movement, position, acceleration, and other physical attributes of objects or individuals (Gartner, n.d.). This data is typically captured using a variety of sensors, such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, and magnetometers, which are commonly found in smartphones, wearable devices, and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices.


This data is becoming increasingly crucial for various applications, including logistics and transportation, fitness and health tracking, sports performance analysis, security, and surveillance. By capturing and analyzing motion data, companies and organizations can gain valuable insights into how people and objects move and interact with their environment. They can use this information to improve processes, enhance user experiences, and mitigate risks. However, managing motion data can be challenging, particularly from a data retention standpoint and in e-discovery.


An example of the use of motion data is in logistics and transportation. Shipping and logistics companies use motion data to track the location and movement of goods and vehicles and to optimize delivery routes and schedules. For example, a delivery company can use motion data to monitor its trucks' location and movement and adjust delivery routes based on traffic and weather conditions.


Motion data is typically collected in large volumes and at high frequencies, which can lead to storage and processing challenges. In addition, motion data is often linked to other types of personal data, such as location and biometric data, which can raise privacy and security concerns.


From a policy and e-discovery standpoint, motion data can be challenging to identify, analyze, collect, and produce due to its complexity and volume. Motion data must be part of your information governance programs, such as privacy, records, information management policies, retention schedules, security policies, etc. Companies that collect, buy, share, sell, or use motion data must ensure appropriate management and procedures and carefully consider the privacy and ethical implications of using this data in different contexts.


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