SIIA Makes Policy Recommendations to Realize the Economic and Social Value of the Internet of Things

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We are at a key inflection point in the history of information technology (IT).  The last decade has brought about significant advances in IT, representing an evolution for IT from a specialized tool into a pervasive influence on nearly every aspect of everyday life.

This new Internet-enabled environment, often referred to as the “Internet of Things,” presents tremendous economic and social value, and is capable of transforming the way we work, communicate, learn and live our lives. Consumers, citizens and society as a whole stand to benefit greatly from innovative uses of data to improve health outcomes, streamlining and enhancing financial services, enhancing education and learning, and improving and maximizing our physical infrastructure.

SIIA proposes the following five recommendations for policymakers to maximize the beneficial outcomes of the Internet of Things:

  1. Policymakers should promote technology neutrality and avoid technology mandates.
  2. De-identification often provides an opportunity to balance the needs of DDI and privacy protection.
  3. Uniform rules cannot be applied broadly to the role of notice and choice.
  4. The principle of data minimization should be re-interpreted.
  5. The Internet of Things requires a policy framework that provides for an evolving view of privacy rights based on risk and societal benefits.

I will participate in a panel discussion at the National Press Club today about building trust and confidence with regard to the Internet of Things.  The 2013 M2M & Internet of Things Global Summit, hosted by Forum Europe, will take place in Washington DC today and tomorrow.

David David LeDuc is Senior Director, Public Policy at SIIA. He focuses on e-commerce, privacy, cyber security, cloud computing, open standards, e-government and information policy. Follow the SIIA public policy team on Twitter at @SIIAPolicy.