The Internet of Things: The FTC Considers Privacy and Security in a Connected World
By LISA A. NOWLIN
There are currently more devices connected to the Internet than there are people in the world. The Internet of Things refers to these connected everyday devices and their network of communications between other devices, their owners, manufacturers and others. Emerging “smart” devices include self-driving cars, self-monitoring refrigerators and smart toasters. After soliciting public comment on the issue, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) invited practitioners and researchers to participate in a workshop on November 19, 2013 to discuss the consumer privacy and security issues posed by the rapidly expanding Internet of Things.