Internet of Things (IOT), European Commission, Regulations

Internet-connected devices are increasing at an exponential rate. Many of these devices will be sensors, often capable of communicating with each other without the need for human intervention, creating a so-called “Internet of Things” (IOT).

Of course, the European Commission recognizes the huge potential benefits of the IOT, but also the threat to individual rights from all this data being gathered, processed and stored. So it’s decided to launch a public consultation with a July 12 deadline for responses.

An Internet of Things with intelligence embedded into everyday objects is the next big thing,” Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda, said. “I want to promote an Internet of Things that serves our economic and societal goals, whilst preserving security, privacy and the respect of ethical values.

The public survey asks for opinions and concerns on matters ranging from personal privacy and identity protection to the role of the government in mandating information security and is open to both citizens and businesses as well as advocacy groups and industry professionals.

Want to make your opinion heard? Then check out the European Commission Survey.

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