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Abhik Chatterjee
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Possible Privacy & Security Concerns of Metaverse That Can be Highly Impactful!

With the increasing tech interventions, Metaverse brings immense business possibilities for a diversified base. Though the term ‘Metaverse’ is buzzing in the tech market, it is still a ‘complex place’ and not so familiar & mainstream with the regular practices.
"The best way to understand the metaverse is to experience it yourself, but it is a little tough because it does not fully exist yet," said Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook.
As the concept of web 3.0 integration & execution is way more complicated than other digital implementations, it’s obvious-evident that the security of this platform will be trickier to manage. And if it fails, it can have put dangerous impacts in the long run!
Here are a few possible privacy & security concerns in the metaverse platform that must be deeply considered.

Privacy & security challenges in Metaverse

Wearable gadgets issues-

Wearable technology works as a bridge between the real world & the virtual world. It enhances the experience of virtual realism with high-end web 3.0 technical implementations with different smart gadgets & VR (Virtual Reality) tools. Wearable gadgets need to deal with a massive amount of personal data to improve the results & here comes a severe concern about data privacy in Metaverse!
When immersive gadgets like virtual goggles, haptic gloves, sensor suits, etc, are coming to blow the market, it’s bitter to know that there is a massive space of severe privacy issues that must be taken good care of! Data collected from the gadgets are susceptible & personal, and there is a severe chance of identity theft!
To address this issue, tech professionals should focus on design & functionality modification to streamline the performance of the gadgets.

Lack of legal authorization-

Cyberlaw expert Pavan Duggal, a member of Metaverse Law Nucleus, said, “Attribution of identity & jurisdiction are some of the challenges at present.” “There is a need for a new legal framework,” He added.
Metaverse is a rising concept & there is still more to do to connect it with the mass for diversified usages, and the deficiency of legal documentation & policies becomes one of the prime causes of metaverse privacy & security vulnerabilities.
Organizations must step forward to make a compact legal framework that can cover all privacy & security concerns effectively.

Motion interaction integration-

Physical world real-time motion interaction in Metaverse is an emerging industry that deals with user movements & behaviors! From creating avatars to attending a concert, a virtual location tour, or telepresence in a meeting, it has a widespread industry usage, including gaming, education, healthcare, real estate, entertainment, corporate & more!
Motion interaction collects unique identification data like specific physical structures & abilities to provide more realistic & engaging experiences. This tracked information about movements & gestures can be used for malicious purposes & unauthorized activities like targeted marketing, advertisement, social engineering, etc., if not managed properly! Also, motion interaction data tampering can manipulate the specific user control of the metaverse platform & cause massive financial threats!
Strict cybersecurity measures must be taken to ensure authorized access control and motion data protection & integration. We hope that by executing standard regulations & guidelines, metaverse will surely make it happen in near future!

Insecure data storage-

Metaverse is continuously evolving to provide a seamless user experience. This demands efficient data management & interoperability in the metaverse platforms. An infinite amount of information is gathered, which can be vulnerable to cyber attacks & it becomes necessary to store them securely.
Metaverse platforms maintain prime security aspects in data collection, processing, storage & usage. But there indeed needs to be a gap in collecting the data & storing them securely in Metaverse. Metaverse experts must work on effective data storage security protocols & data encryption measures to remove the chances of distortion! Otherwise, people will eventually lose their trust in it & the growing popularity of this next-gen platform can be disrupted or replaced.
Caroline Wong, chief strategy officer at cyber firm Cobalt, said, “It has a lot to do with the brand & with trust. If a consumer has a choice of Platform A, which they believe to be secure, private & doing all the right things, and Platform B, which they think will probably lead to getting hacked if they join, the choice is clear!”

Closing note

Along with innovative tech applications & greater usability, metaverse promises to mitigate privacy & security issues adequately. But taking the initiative would not be enough as Web 3.0 is an ever-changing scenario where new executions are continuing to come & the concerns will be relevant as per these.
Tech giants, governing bodies & platform owners must come positively to create a blueprint of how to maintain data privacy. Quick actions must be taken on digital rights management to bring comprehensive security to establish users’ trust at a strong base for making this virtual platform more welcoming, safe & useful for everyone.

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Sahil Chatterjee

This was really insightful!