When it Comes to IoT Privacy, Congress Encourages Feds and Private Sector to Work Together

January 6, 2017 by Isaac J. Colunga, Partner
When it Comes to IoT Privacy, Congress Encourages Feds and Private Sector to Work Together

The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Internet of Things (“IoT”) working group issued its year-end White Paper on December 30, 2016, summarizing the group’s activities this past year. The group met five times last year, bringing together members of Congress and other experts in the field.

Cybersecurity and privacy continues to be one of the group’s primary focuses. The group suggested that it wants to see more collaboration on these issues. The group acknowledged that the private sector has become more willing to share best practices for protecting consumers only as the dialogue on these issues increased and as efforts have become more coordinated.

“We must encourage continued open dialogue between the federal government and private sector as technology develops,” the group said.

This is a positive step in IoT security. As devices become more connected, we need a team approach to enhance cybersecurity and privacy.

The IoT working group’s report can be viewed here.

Isaac Colunga is a partner in Ice Miller’s business litigation group and a member of the Internet of Things Industry Group. Read Ice Miller’s IoT Smart Connections guide here.

This publication is intended for general information purposes only and does not and is not intended to constitute legal advice. The reader should consult with legal counsel to determine how laws or decisions discussed herein apply to the reader’s specific circumstances.


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