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
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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

The Future of Microphones in Connected Devices
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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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New Infographic: Understanding Uses of Microphones in Internet of Things (IoT) Devices
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August 10, 2017 | Melanie Bates

New Infographic: Understanding Uses of Microphones in Internet of Things (IoT) Devices

Washington, DC – Today, the Future of Privacy Forum released an infographic, “Microphones & the Internet of Things: Understanding Uses of Audio Sensors in Connected Devices.” In order to enable the benefits of new voice-based services while protecting data privacy, this infographic attempts to explain the range of possible uses of microphones in connected devices.

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Future of Privacy Forum Comment Regarding Senator Bill Nelson’s Report, “Children’s Connected Toys: Data Security and Privacy Concerns”
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December 14, 2016 | Stacey Gray

Future of Privacy Forum Comment Regarding Senator Bill Nelson’s Report, “Children’s Connected Toys: Data Security and Privacy Concerns”

Today, Senator Nelson’s office released a report outlining several privacy and security implications of “connected toys” that the office identified based on conversations with six major toy manufacturers. The report emphasizes the unique sensitivity of children’s personal information; urges toymakers to build privacy and security into their toys from the inception; and suggests that the FTC has authority to monitor and bring enforcement actions under Section 5 and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

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