In 2002, W3C founder Tim Berners-Lee raised the issue of "What to say in defense of principle that deep linking is not an illegal act?" http://www.w3.org/2001/tag/group/track/issues/25
By the end of 2009, the issue had still not been resolved.
Considering that some governments are members of W3C, it says a great deal about the true spirit of 'Open Government' when they are willing to press ahead with something regardless of whether or not it may be illegal. The UK government is listed under 'National Archives' http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Member/List
Regarding the 'Internet of things' (IoT), the following article states that:
"3. The Internet will be a network of things, not computers. As more critical infrastructure gets hooked up to the Internet, the Internet is expected to become a network of devices rather than a network of computers. Today, the Internet has around 575 million host computers, according to the CIA World Factbook 2009. But the NSF is expecting billions of sensors on buildings and bridges to be connected to the Internet for such uses as electricity and security monitoring. By 2020, it's expected that the number of Internet-connected sensors will be orders of magnitude larger than the number of users."
The world government global database
Here's a thread I started regarding the 'Semantic Web' and 'Internet of Things'.