European Data Protection Digest

EC Launches Survey on "Internet of Things"

PRIVACY LAW—EU

April 20, 2012

The European Commission (EC) is seeking public input through an online survey on how to balance privacy with societal and economic benefits in the ever-growing "Internet of Things," reports InfoSecurity. The EC estimates the average person has at least two devices connected to the Internet, but by 2015, that number is expected to grow to seven, making some level of governance necessary, says one report. According to an expert, the current directive wasn't "designed with this technology in mind," calling it a classic example of law not being able to keep up with technology. The survey will be open for responses through 12 July, and the responses will inform the EC's recommendation, to be presented by the summer of 2013.
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