Latest FTC Enforcement Action Reflects Agency's Intent to Focus on Emerging Market Involving the "Internet of Things"
By K.C. Halm
In its first enforcement action against a company operating in the emerging market known as the “Internet of Things”, the FTC has secured a settlement agreement with a company that markets Internet-connected video cameras designed to allow consumers to remotely monitor their homes.
The increasing connectivity of consumer devices, such as cars, appliances, and medical devices, and the capability for these devices to communicate with other such devices, is commonly referred to as the Internet of Things. Many of the devices connected through the Internet of Things have the capability to communicate with consumers, transmit data back to companies, and compile data for third parties such as researchers, health care providers, or even other consumers, who can measure how their product usage compares with that of their neighbors.
But the benefits of such connectivity also present potential privacy and security risks, as the FTC’s latest action illustrates.Continue Reading...