In a world . . .

In a world where your coffee pot secretly notifies your toaster that you’re ready for breakfast, one agency dares to stand up and ask the question others won’t:  Just what are the consumer privacy and security implications?

OK, that may not sound like the most exciting movie trailer.  But the serious consequences of enhanced connectivity are the subject of a November 19, 2013, FTC workshop — Internet of Things: Privacy & Security in a Connected World — and we think it will be just as action-packed.

We’re bringing some star power to bear, too.  In addition to remarks from Chairwoman Ramirez and other FTC luminaries, attendees will hear keynote comments from Vint Cerf, the Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient who’s been at the digital forefront for decades.

The workshop will focus on the privacy and security implications of increased connectivity at home (for example, through home automation and smart appliances) and when consumers are on the move. Check out the agenda to learn more.

The event gears up at 8:30 AM on November 19th, at the FTC’s Conference Center, located at 601 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., in Washington, DC.  Can’t make it to D.C. on that day?  Watch the webcast from one of those smart devices.  We’ll post the link here on the morning of the workshop.

 

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I am distressed that a web search can result in seemingly spontaneous ad popups for related products. When I "belong" somewhere such as Amazon, I can understand popup on-site shopping suggestions. But when I ask Mr. Google about some thing or topic I'm not necessarily interested in related products or services.

I hope that you will address the issues posed by Smartmeters.

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