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 Privacy Forum and EY Examine Speech Recognition and Smart Devices in New Paper
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April 28, 2016 | Melanie Bates

The Future of Privacy Forum and EY Examine Speech Recognition and Smart Devices in New Paper

Washington, DC – Today, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), in collaboration with Ernst & Young LLP, released Always On: Privacy Implications of Microphone-Enabled Devices, a new paper that explores how speech recognition technology fits into a broader scheme of “always listening” technologies. The paper identifies emerging practices by which manufacturers and developers can alleviate privacy concerns and build consumer trust in the ways that data is collected, stored, and analyzed.

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What's Happening: Internet of Things

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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Kids & The Connected Home: Privacy in the Age of Connected Dolls, Talking Dinosaurs, and Battling Robots
Stacey Gray Featured on KUCI 88.9 FM
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November 7, 2016 | Melanie Bates

Stacey Gray Featured on KUCI 88.9 FM

Today, Stacey Gray, FPF Policy Counsel, was featured on Privacy Piracy to talk consumer privacy and connected devices. Stacey discussed many topics covered in her report, Always On: Privacy Implications of Microphone-Enabled Devices.

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