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

02.20.15

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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