The Internet of Things could soon be regulated

In the world of machine-to-machine communications the hot buzzword of the moment is "Internet of Things," as appliances, vehicles and machinery get embedded with ever more wireless connectivity. It's a market that is still developing, both from a technological perspective and in terms of business models. However, its growth has spurred the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to consider how best to regulate the industry. On Nov. 19, the FTC is scheduled to hold a public workshop to address "consumer privacy and security issues posed by the growing connectivity of consumer devices, such as cars, appliances, and medical devices." The agency sought input regarding these issues through June 1, seeking public comment on the basics, such as, "What are the various technologies that enable this connectivity (e.g., RFID, barcodes, wired and wireless connections)?" and "How should privacy risks be weighed against potential societal benefits?" Meanwhile, the FTC appears to be expanding its definition of sensitive data that requires higher levels of user consent and protections. Article

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