Federal Regulation Coming Soon to the Internet of Things

It was really only a matter of time…to the extent that the Internet of Things (#IoT) isn’t already regulated by existing state and federal rules, the United States Senate now appears to be taking at least preliminary steps towards legislation that would specifically apply to IoT. According to an article published in The Hill today, “A bipartisan group of lawmakers on the Senate Commerce Committee wants Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) to hold a hearing on the millions of new connected refrigerators, cars and other devices.”

“‘The so-called “Internet of Things” is “sparking a number of important policy questions” about security and privacy, Sens. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) wrote to Rockefeller and ranking member John Thune (R-S.D.) on Monday. Congress should engage on the issue cautiously and constructively, in a bipartisan fashion, and we appreciate your leadership in examining this topic,” they wrote.'”

This is an important but not unexpected development, especially given the rash of recent highly publicized data breaches. It’s also not truly the first foray of the federal government into IoT, as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in November of last year held a public workshop on IoT privacy and security implications.

Read The Hill’s full article here, and stay tuned for more federal action on IoT to come.

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“Now is the right time for the Senate Commerce Committee to hold a hearing…”

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