European Data Protection Digest

MEPs Call for Smart Grid Progress and Safety

DATA PROTECTION—EU

June 18, 2010

In a resolution at a recent plenary session, the European Parliament gave its backing to the development of the "Internet of things." Drafted by Maria Badia I Cutchet, the resolution was adopted by a majority. However, MEPs are calling for a proper assessment of any consequences for health, privacy and personal data protection, reports Euroalert.net. Given the real-time information made available by the Internet of things on multiple applications including tyre pressure, public transport and waste collection, MEPs said they would like to see principles and rules on Internet governance. Additionally, parliament believes that the European consumer should have the right to choose a product that is not connected to the Internet of things, the report states.
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