IoT in the News: FTC to examine whether the IoT poses privacy concerns

The “Internet of Things” has drawn the attention of the Federal Trade Commission, which recently announced plans to hold a workshop examining privacy and security issues surrounding the concept. “In the not too distant future, consumers approaching a grocery store might receive messages from their refrigerator reminding them that they are running out of milk,” the FTC said when describing the upcoming workshop.

Customers are increasingly becoming sensitive to the fact that the connected devices they already own are tracking a plethora of information about their personal lives.  With the numbers of connected devices set to increase, manufacturers should have a clear understanding of what data they are tracking, what implications that can have for their customers, and how to secure that information.

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