I publish this FTC report on IOT because i think that it's a good report and it has also been -- i think -- wrongly been seen as potentially bashing IOT potentials. See, for example, an article published yesterday "From www.theverge.com - February 15, 11:24 PM
'In the internet of things, the Federal Trade Commission sees the possibility of flourishing new markets. But it also sees a prologue to Black Mirror: in a new report that probes the privacy implications of connected devices, the commission surveys a landscape of possible dystopian futures. Get ready for invasive marketing, unending consumer surveillance, invisible nudging, and new potential for government spying and novel forms of hacking...'"
The FTC report is 55 page long, refers to workshops discussions that took place in nov 2013, and although the report stages pros and cons in a very articulated manner, the FTC applies to IOT the security & privacy guidelines and other 'good practices' that have been applied to internet-of-other-things, :-), so far. So, i think that we need to be super cautious about these discussions: Yes, the IOT generates challenges with which we may not yet be familiar with. But not really more. And let's remember that, unless we haven't learned about basic security risks, we are still in a position to say 'no' if the risks look bigger than the opportunities. Many say that 'privacy' -- as we've known it on the net 10 years ago -- is gone. Maybe. Things evolve. But at this stage, i think that no, IOT won't kill privacy. It might actually be the contrary. Let's think that, thx to IOT, i'll be more capable to change the way i work, live, pay and play online and offline. Let's say that, thx to IOT, my assurance level(s) against risks of -- for example -- ID theft and impersonation does rise. Let's believe that, thx to IOT, we just become more and better aware of what matters and does not,, so that we have the tools and the systems to better manage our environment. To make a long story short, let's just recall that IOT technology is just like any other technology: It is neutral. What is not neutral is its use. So, this is why i believe that there is, with IOT, more opportunities than risks to strengthen the privacy of our environment... provided that -- yes, i agree -- we (also) think IOT this way. My 2cts. fred.