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US Federal Trade Commission chair Edith Ramirez has used CES 2015 to explore the downside of the Internet of Things (IoT). “The IoT could improve global health, modernize city infrastructures, and spur global economic growth,” Ramirez said in a speech (PDF) at the gadget-fest, before adding “Connected devices that provide …

  1. solo

    Why collect

    "collect only the data needed for a specific purpose and then safely dispose of it afterwards."

    I am yet to find a single improvement in a product which is triggered by a research on data from mass snooping but couldn't be identified on general surveys (on streets/questionnaires).

    On the other hand, if speaking of wearables, where customer is directly paying for the product, it no longer justifies the companies' arguments of keeping and sharing of data with advertisers for financial viability.

    1. annodomini2

      Re: Why collect

      Their justification is: It makes us more money which is the primary purpose of a business.

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      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Why collect

        >Their justification is: It makes us more money which is the primary purpose of a business.

        Which is why we often need government regulation. One only needs to watch the show Breaking Bad or Scarface to see what business is like with no regulation (ironically as a result of a blanket ban). Market forces (other than maybe in the arms market) don't work worth a damn without at least some government as shown in places like Somalia or Kashmir.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    That's why

    ...numerous locales are banning this crap.

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