A few months back, the Federal Trade Commission called for public commentary on the nascent phenomenon otherwise known as the Internet of Things (IoT). The inevitable move toward a vast set of sensors, RFID chips, machine to machine communications (M2M), near field communication that are connected to the Internet—made possible, in part, by opening up IPv6—is fully underway and the FTC wants to know what, if anything, to do about it.
Last week, in anticipation of a roundtable discussion on IoT, the FTC released 27 comments, ranging from industry associations to government regulators to privacy advocacy groups to academics. Set with the knowledge that I’ll be attending said roundtable this November, I perused these comments to get a better understanding of the many benefits, concerns and possible outcomes of IoT.
Here’s some of what I found.