The “Internet of Things” is rapidly expanding, and most households have at least one physical object which automatically collects and exchanges data wirelessly. Manufacturers of smart devices need to ensure that security vulnerabilities and privacy concerns are rapidly addressed in order to escape the scrutiny of the Federal Trade Commission.

Law360 interviewed privacy experts, including our very own Mike Feldman, regarding ways for smart device makers to ensure that their information security and privacy practices meet industry standard practices. Mike recommended ensuring that employees have robust information security and privacy policies, are trained to identify risks, and are prepared to handle data breaches and other disasters. As Mike noted:

Small companies used to believe that hackers wouldn’t be interested in their customers’ data but reality has shown that is no longer the case, Feldman said.

“Now almost every industry has been hacked,” Feldman said. “The defense that ‘I thought it wouldn’t happen to me’ isn’t really a defense.”

Read the whole article: 3 Ways Internet Of Things Makers Can Avoid The FTC’s Ire (subscription may be required)

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