Alert April 30, 2013

FTC Seeks Comment on Privacy and Security Implications of Interconnected Devices

In advance of a workshop in November 2013, the FTC is seeking comments on the consumer privacy and security issues posed by the growing connectivity of consumer devices (e.g., cars, appliances, and medical devices). The FTC is concerned about how this interconnectivity, often referred to as "The Internet of Things," poses privacy and security risks with respect to data collection and sharing. The FTC is seeking public comment on a variety of topics, including, identifying: (1) the significant developments in services and products utilizing the connectivity, (2) the various types of technology enabling the connectivity, (3) benefits to consumers and (4) the unique privacy and security concerns associated with this type of connectivity. Comments are due to the FTC by June 1, 2013.