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FTC: Internet of Things, Smart Devices Put Consumer Security at Risk

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By    |   Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 10:47 AM

The FTC has warned that the so-called Internet of Things — web-connected devices like thermostats, garage door openers, and even Crock-Pots — could pose an increasing security and privacy risk to everyday Americans if they're hacked.

The federal bureau released a report about its research into the emerging tech category on Tuesday, saying that the world's citizens now own and operate 25 billion Internet-connected devices.

As Wired magazine reported, "last November, the FTC held an Internet of Things workshop, gathering input from leading technologists and academics, industry representatives, and consumer advocates, and Tuesday’s report is based in part on the workshop’s findings."

Thus far, the world of smart appliances is largely unregulated, and, through reports like these, the government hopes to help create and guide best practices for manufacturers ahead of any potential legislative process seeking to police the sector.

In the report, the FTC said it doesn't recommend new laws right now, saying the FTC Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act are sufficient to guide device makers.

Among the top recommendations made by the FTC is for device makers to design for security first and functionality second.

"The only way for the Internet of Things to reach its full potential for innovation is with the trust of American consumers," said FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez in a press release accompanying the report.

"We believe that by adopting the best practices we’ve laid out, businesses will be better able to provide consumers the protections they want and allow the benefits of the Internet of Things to be fully realized."



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The FTC has warned that the so-called Internet of Things — web-connected devices like thermostats, garage door openers, and even Crock-Pots — could pose an increasing security and privacy risk to everyday Americans if they're hacked.
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