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FTC Set To Examine IoT at Next Week’s Roundtable

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November 12, 2013

Politico reports on next week’s Federal Trade Commission (FTC) roundtable analyzing the Internet of Things (IoT). Earlier this year at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit, FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said this nascent landscape “needs further study,” but industry representatives are warning the agency that regulation of the IoT could harm innovation. David LeDuc, senior public policy director at the Software & Information Industry Alliance, said providing guidance on such a broad topic “isn’t practical.” Future of Privacy Forum Founder Christopher Wolf—who will be a panelist next week—said, “We don’t need a law for the Internet of Things; we just need to think about how existing regulation can be translated onto these new areas.” Hunton & Williams’ Lisa Sotto, CIPP/US, CIPM, said applying existing privacy principles—including notice and choice—may be difficult in an IoT world and that the FTC may need to reconsider what it considers “sensitive” information. (Editor’s Note: Look for IAPP coverage previewing the FTC roundtable and live from the event.)
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