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FTC Staff Report Recommends Internet Of Things Best Practices

Businesses should adopt a number of best practices to ensure that consumer privacy and security are protected in the Internet of things (IoT), according to a staff report released today by the Federal Trade Commission. However, it is premature for Congress to pass legislation specifically related to IoT, the report said, although it reiterated the agency's call for data security and breach notification legislation as well as broad-based privacy legislation.

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