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Congress To Probe the Internet of Things?

A bipartisan contingent of senators from the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has requested a hearing on the topic of the Internet of Things before the end of the year, according to published reports.

East Front of United States Capitol
A bipartisan group of Representatives has requested a hearing on the Internet of Things.

Lawmakers Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) wrote to the committee chairman, Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and ranking member,John Thune (R-S.D.), requesting “a general oversight and information-gathering hearing” on the IoT before the end of 2014, citing concerns about consumer privacy and security, as well as potential government applications of IoT technology. 

IoT technologies including wearables and connected health products represent an “expanding industry of connected products,” the congressmen and women wrote.

“The proliferation of connected products is sparking a number of important policy questions,” the October 20th letter reads. “The number and the scope of these issues demands our prompt attention so we can better understand the technologies and explore how best to preserve America’s global leadership position in innovation and economic growth.”

Read more via Congress Wants to Probe the Internet of Things. Here’s What It Should Focus On – Nextgov.com.

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