The FTC Releases Report on the Internet of Things
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a report this week examining the privacy and security implications of the so-called “Internet of Things.” The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the ability of everyday objects to connect to the Internet and to send and receive data. As the number of connected devices has surged in recent years, the FTC has signaled a strong interest in the IoT and repeatedly warned businesses to be mindful of consumer privacy and security when developing new products.
The report, titled “Internet of Things: Privacy & Security in a Connected World,” follows the FTC’s public workshop on the IoT, which the Commission held in Washington, DC, in November 2013. The report summarizes that workshop and also provides recommendations from FTC staff for how best to protect consumer privacy and security in a world with 25 billion connected consumer devices. In particular, the report provides the following recommendations for companies developing IoT devices...
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