My story at The Verge: Will the internet of things finally kill privacy?

For The Verge I wrote about a new government report on the internet of things and the dangers of pervasive data collection.

As a political document, the FTC’s report has the sterile touch of evenhandedness. In its pursuit to illuminate the social ramifications of car trackers, healthcare wearables, and thinking thermostats, the commission had to simultaneously manage the regulatory anxiety of hardware manufacturers, analytics firms, and insurance providers. And in the Beltway balancing act of public interest on the one hand and capital “I” Innovation on the other, the FTC appears almost too timid to follow through on its own research.


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