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We've been patient.  It's been years since "Star Wars" came out and we still don't have a gold-plated droid to do our bidding.  But companies have introduced a slew of "smart" products that perform a lot of the same functions.

The consumer privacy and security implications of smart technology — what some people call "The Internet of Things" — is the subject of an FTC workshop on November 19, 2013.  To focus the discussion for the November event, we published a list of questions a while back and asked for your input.  Of course, this is just the start of the conversation, but we'd appreciate hearing from you by June 1st about how we've framed the issues at this preliminary stage.  Are we asking the right questions?  Are there other topics to add to the list?  What about relevant studies or surveys?

Email us at iot@ftc.gov (i-o-t as in Internet of Things) by June 1st to let us know what you're thinking.  And mark your calendar for November 19th in Washington, DC.

P.S. to product innovators:  When you start selling refrigerators that tell us we're low on milk, can you make them talk in that cool C3PO British accent? Thx.



The impact of smart technological advance has made privacy impossible. Information collection wether it is authorised or not is easy. Encryption, passwords can be easily bypassed. Codes can easily be broken however tight.The question is where do we go from here?
I regret I cannot convey my native British accent over email, but this is coming to you from the UK, and I hope the syntax (so far at least) has echoes of C3PO! Great initative: I will email comments on the questions and help with any follow up. ARM (US listed) hopes to be at the center of IoT. Check us out. We design microprocessors.

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