FTC, FDA Countering Cybersecurity Risk Of Wearable Devices


December 29, 2015

Federal watchdog agencies are ratcheting up efforts to counter cybersecurity threats to devices and wearables connected to the Internet of Things (IoT), according to a security expert.

In particular, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is looking to expand its purview as “a champion of consumer data privacy and data security,” and to clamp down on wearable makers who fail to protect their customers’ personal information, said ESET security researcher Stephen Cobb to the Information Security Media Group, according to Gov Info Security.

“We saw that in the early days of privacy policies on websites, and I think we’re going to see that in the case of wearables or Internet of Things devices where there’s a clear-cut case of a company promising to protect information, or take privacy seriously, and then failing to follow through with that promise – [prompting] the FTC moving against them with one of their actions,” Cobb said in the interview.

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