W. David Stephenson started the topic US lags in efforts to assure Internet of Things privacy and security in the forum Internet of Things 6 years, 3 months ago
I was very interested in this summary of a Stanford masters thesis by Maiylin Fidler, which documents my continuing concern that the US government is lagging perilously behind the EU and China in public policy regarding the Internet of Things.
As she writes,
“The IoT in the United States is characterized by late but strong entry of companies to the market and by recent, but minimal, interest from the federal government. Specifically, the federal government views the IoT largely as part of the ongoing privacy and security discussion in Washington, D.C. Complicating analysis of the IoT in the United States is that the “Internet of Things” is not a generally recognized term. In the U.S., the IoT is viewed as a natural evolution of American innovation rather than as a unique field. The U.S. federal government focuses more on the ongoing general discussion of privacy’s future in America than on the growing use and potential risks of any specific technology, including the IoT.”
If I’m right, this one-size-fits-all approach to privacy is inadequate for the potential of the IoT to radically increase the amount of personal data available on the Internet.
As Fidler points out, both the EU, which has launched a wide number of IoT demonstration programs and is placing a lot of emphasis on IoT privacy standards, and China, where the IoT is a major economic development priority, have focused directly on the IoT. How long can the US afford to ignore this growing reality?
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