European Data Protection Digest

"Internet of Things" Spurs Concerns

ONLINE PRIVACY—EU

April 27, 2012

DW reports on the possibilities inherent in the "Internet of Things" and also the privacy concerns being raised by the potential for such comprehensive connectivity. The report notes that the European Commission's public consultation on the Internet of Things, which is scheduled to be completed this summer, "is a step toward potential regulation." An EC spokesperson notes that, among the approximately 350 opinions submitted within the consultation's first week, more than 300 call for provisions to ensure the confidentiality of user data. "People are saying, we like the convenience and potential, but we want safeguards," he said.
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