On Tuesday morning at the annual State of the Net conference in Washington DC, Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez gave a keynote address announcing the FTC’s latest initiative: watching the Internet of Things for privacy violations. The commission recently voted four to one to issue a report pointing out a number of best practices that the FTC expects the nascent Internet of Things industry to follow. The report, released today (PDF), included some softer recommendations as well.
Although the report largely reiterates most of the statements Ramirez made at CES three weeks ago, the official backing from the FTC’s commissioners is an important step toward keeping a more watchful eye on companies out to make a quick buck without a corresponding consumer protection plan.
“I think it’s important to understand how an Internet of Things world changes the landscape,” Ramirez told the audience this morning. “You’re now in a world where data is being collected all the time… we’re bringing these devices into our homes, into what used to be private sphere.”
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