Senator Express Concerns about IoT Privacy and that “Big Brother” is Listening!

20 February 2015 Internet, IT & e-Discovery Blog Blog
Authors: Peter Vogel

Florida Senator Bill Nelson expressed his concern that “Big Brother may really be listening…recently, we learned that Samsung’s privacy policy for its voice-activated ‘Smart TV’ informed consumers that their indoor conversations can be recorded by the television and sent to a third party,…” during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation on February 11, 2015.

Justin Brookman , the Director of Consumer Privacy Project at Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) testified that “the very nature of some devices (such as health wearables) is to track a user’s data for that user’s benefit — certain data practices seriously threaten individuals’ security and right to privacy.” Here are the broad topics covered by Mr. Brookma

  • The transformative potential of the Internet of Things
  • There are currently insufficient security protections in place to regulate IoT data collection.
  • Sensitive personal data may be collected contrary to consumer wishes and expectation
  • Device connectivity and intelligence could diminish user autonomy over the devices they bu
  • Our government access and intelligence laws must be reformed

Of course with all the news about IoT there were no surprises at the hearing.

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