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Chairwoman Ramirez reaffirms her focus on the “Internet of Things”

As she settled into her job as chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission last March, Edith Ramirez made clear that the agency would closely examine the so-called “Internet of Things”. This increasingly pervasive issue involves everyday devices connected to the Internet – from refrigerators and televisions to thermostats and stoves – that transmit data with each other and with people. The technology brings great benefits to consumers, but it also raises issues involving privacy and security. She underscored that issue, as well as her concerns with data brokers, at a keynote address she delivered in Aspen on August 19.


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