"Doors that unlock via smartphone. Household appliances that can be operated remotely. Baby clothes with sensors that notify parents when their child rolls over. The so-called Internet of Things – highlight of the Consumer Electronics Show — promises untold wonders. But it also will require rules, federal officials say. At a panel discussion Wednesday, officials expressed concerns about issues like freeing enough airwaves to ensure the devices can communicate without interference. Regulators say they’re wary of imposing rules that would stifle innovation, but want to protect public security and privacy.
Federal Trade Commission member Maureen Ohlhausen said it’s crucial that the designers of Internet-enabled devices incorporate security and privacy, or risk a consumer backlash.