IoT Security, a Legislative Issue? The Jury’s Still Out.

In the past month, both houses of Congress have followed in the footsteps of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), launching investigations into this growing technology revolution and its implications on cybersecurity and consumer privacy.

In January, the FTC issued a report urging IoT developers to build security protocols and privacy protections into connected devices and related services from the very start. Since then, a newly established Congressional Caucus on IoT has expressed concern about cybersecurity. Simultaneously, the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on IoT, resulting in a proposed resolution recognizing the “promise connected technologies hold to empower consumers, foster future economic growth, and improve our collective social well-being,” and urging regulatory restraint.

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