[Docket No. 160331306-6306-01]
Comments of Consumers Union To the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things
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June 2, 2016
The coupling of consumer products, industrial operations, and public infrastructure with remote monitoring, communication, and direction via the Internet implicates a wide range of critical issues of safety, security, privacy, and legal accountability, among others. These issues demand the sustained attention of a commensurately wide array of experts in and out of government. We are engaged in many of these issues, and intend to remain engaged. Safety must of course be at the forefront of concerns carefully monitored and vigorously addressed as we move to increasingly complex and interactive technologies. Likewise, pro-consumer data privacy and data security practices must be a top priority, for manufacturers and for policymakers; consumers should receive sufficient information to exercise informed choice, and companies should compete and be held accountable on the basis of the data privacy and security protections they incorporate into the design of their products and services. We are pleased that the NTIA recognizes the importance of these objectives.