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FCC Wary of Security Mandates for Internet of Things | Morning Consult

In-brief: Despite urging from lawmakers on Capitol Hill, the FCC is wary of changing rules to give ISPs a freer hand in cutting off access for infected Internet of Things devices, according to a report.

Viewing Data From Smart TVs Used to Push Ads to All Your Screens

In-brief: Electronics maker Vizio is the latest smart television brand caught harvesting the viewing habits of its customers and selling the data to advertisers, highlighting legal loopholes that connected devices are exploiting.

Internet Heavyweights Urge FCC To Back Off Firmware Rules

In- brief: Google Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf is among those urging the FCC to reconsider rules governing firmware updates to wireless devices. 

Is Public Health the Model for Securing the Internet of Things?

In-brief: are public health initiatives the best model for securing the Internet of Things? David Bray, the CIO for the Federal Communications Commission thinks they may be. 

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Retailers Demanding Federal Action on Data Breach

Add retailers to the chorus of voices calling for federal legislation on cyber security and data protection. In an unusual move, retail groups from across the U.S. sent a letter to Congressional leaders that urged them to pass federal data protection legislation that sets clear rules for businesses serving consumers. The letter, dated November 6, was addressed to the majority and minority party leaders of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives and signed by 44 state and national organizations representing retailers, including the National Retail Federation, the National Grocers Association, the National Restaurant Association and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, among others.   “The recent spate of news stories about data security incidents raises concerns for all American consumers and for the businesses with which they frequently interact,” the letter reads. “A single federal law applying to all breached entities would ensure clear, concise and consistent notices to all […]