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Law of the Connected Horse? FTC Appropriately in Learning Mode on Internet of Things

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As the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) prepares to hold its first workshop on the “Internet of Things” (IoT) on November 19, early Internet era passages from the famous “law of the horse” debate between Judge Easterbrook and Professor Lessig seem apt. They remind us that with the emergence of new technologies comes the perennial contest over whether the current legal framework provides sufficient protections. To inform that debate with respect to privacy and data security protections, the FTC is using the daylong public workshop to learn about the technologies and data collection in the IoT ecosystem.

No proposals for new laws, regulations or law enforcement initiatives are on the table. The workshop is a mission in fact-finding.

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