Commission consults on ‘Internet of Things’

A new EU consultation announced today is looking to balance the benefits of using smart chips in everyday objects such as phones, cars, household appliances, clothes and even food whilst making sure that the way they gather, process and store information is properly controlled.

The "Internet of Things" (IoT) is a future in which everyday objects such as phones, cars, household appliances, clothes and even food are wirelessly connected to the Internet through smart chips, and can collect and share data. The European Commission wants to know what framework is needed to unleash the potential economic and societal benefits of the IoT, whilst protecting information concerning users' behavioural patterns, location and preferences.

The Commission wants to ensure that the rights of individuals are respected and is launching a public consultation inviting comments by 12th July 2012.

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