About this Issue

Gone are the days of discreet devices.  Today’s technology allows consumer products to communicate, transmitting information to streamline functionality and provide a better user experience.  Future of Privacy Forum recognizes the need to “build in” privacy and security features as manufacturers embrace the possibilities of the Internet of Things.  To that end, Future of Privacy Forum’s Internet of Things program conducts and enriches dialogue between business and consumer advocates about the privacy and security concerns surrounding networks of smart devices.

The Future of Microphones in Connected Devices
Spotlight

August 10, 2017 | Stacey Gray

The Future of Microphones in Connected Devices

Today, FPF released a new Infographic: Microphones & the Internet of Things: Understanding Uses of Audio Sensors in Connected Devices (read the Press Release here). From Amazon Echos to Smart TVs, we are seeing more home devices integrate microphones, often to provide a voice user interface powered by cloud-based speech recognition.

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What's Happening: Internet of Things

Consumer Reports Publishes Initial Findings for Privacy and Security of Smart TVs
Top Story

February 7, 2018 | Stacey Gray

Consumer Reports Publishes Initial Findings for Privacy and Security of Smart TVs

Today, Consumer Reports released their initial findings on the privacy and security aspects of Smart TVs. Applying their Digital Standard (developed with Ranking Digital Rights and other partner organizations), Consumer Reports identified a range of important privacy aspects and potential security vulnerabilities in Smart TVs from five leading manufacturers (Sony, Samsung, LG, TCL, and Vizio).

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Seeing the Big Picture on Smart TVs and Smart Home Tech
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February 1, 2018 | Stacey Gray

Seeing the Big Picture on Smart TVs and Smart Home Tech

CES 2018 brought to light many exciting advancements in consumer technologies. Without a doubt, Smart TVs, Smart Homes, and voice assistants were dominant: LG has a TV that rolls up like a poster; Philips introduced a Google Assistant-enabled TV is designed for the kitchen; and Samsung revealed its new line of refrigerators, TVs, and other home devices powered by Bixby, their intelligent voice assistant.

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John Verdi Talks Connected Devices with Fox 2 St. Louis
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November 15, 2017 | Melanie Bates

John Verdi Talks Connected Devices with Fox 2 St. Louis

“What data is being transmitted and what data is being used really depends on the device,” Verdi said. “They can offload that information from the device to servers on the internet that are either controlled by the companies or third parties and there’s some processing that can happen there.”

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