The FTC has announced its agenda and panelists for its workshop on connected devices, which will be held on November 19, 2013.
The workshop will focus on three industries that increasingly rely on the Internet of Things: (1) homes equipped with “smart” home appliances and connected devices; (2) health and fitness devices that transmit data to health care providers and other third parties; and (3) connected cars. Chairwoman Ramirez, Commissioner Ohlhausen, and Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Jessica Rich will each deliver remarks at the event. In addition, the workshop will feature a session led by Carolyn Nguyen, Director of Microsoft’s Technology Policy Group, on the importance of a policy framework based on contextual privacy.
The keynote speaker for the event is Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. Google, which has introduced the new wearable computing device Google Glass, has drawn criticism from members of Congress and consumer privacy advocates who are concerned that Google Glass could collect photographs, videos, and other information about individuals without their knowledge or consent.
The all-day workshop will begin at 8:30 am Eastern and will be held at the FTC Conference Center at 601 New Jersey Avenue, N.W. in Washington, D.C. A live webcast also will be available on the workshop’s website.