Federal Trade Commission: Consumer Protection – Your questions answered

In a recent report, the Federal Trade Commission noted that the IoT can provide enormous benefits for consumers yet at the same time, in its education, policy, and enforcement work, the FTC stressed the importance of taking reasonable steps to safeguard privacy and security when it comes to such devices. Kathleen Benway, Chief of Staff – Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission will be taking your questions on consumer protection at the IoT Tech Expo North America on November 30 in Santa Clara, CA. Keep reading to see how you can get involved..

The Federal Trade Commission is a law enforcement agency which looks into the privacy and security promises made by companies in order to ensure that these are kept. IoT devices are the accumulators of a robust amount of data, and the protection of this data is paramount. So how can you be sure that this is being protected?

Kathleen Benway, Chief of Staff – Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission will be taking your questions on consumer protection at the IoT Tech Expo North America on November 30 in Santa Clara, CA.

The Q&A session will allow you to ask just that, in addition to dealing with the importance of building security into any device during the development stage, rather than retrospectively. Kathleen, who will be answering your questions, works closely with the Bureau of Consumer Protection (BCP) Director and Deputy Directors on case recommendations, project development and Bureau policy. She represents the Bureau in interactions with Commissioners’ Offices and co-ordinates with the Office of Congressional Relations to respond to Congressional inquiries, correspondence and requests for testimony.

To have your consumer protection questions answered, you can tweet your question with the hashtag #iottechexpo, or email info@iottechexpo.com with the subject: Consumer Protection Q&A.

Guided by Gerard van der Hoeven, Founding Partners at IoT Gurus, your questions will be answered during the Q&A session on the open conference track; Developing for the IoT on November 30 at 2:30pm. Simply register for a Free Expo Pass to gain access to the open conference tracks and more.

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Self-driving cars pass first federal hurdle with House panel approval

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A bill to standardize self-driving across all states and exempt tens of thousands of cars every year from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rules has unanimously passed a House panel vote, paving the way for a full House vote in after the August recess.

The full House Energy and Commerce Committee may vote on it as soon as next week, according to Bloomberg, and there’s a high chance it will make its way through the full House vote.

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It received bipartisan support after Democratic proposals were accepted, including a directive for the NHTSA to write the rules for self-driving cars in 18 months. Automakers also need to show that the autonomous technology is fit for public roads.

“Today’s markup represents the most significant step this subcommittee has taken to date to ultimately enact comprehensive legislation on self-driving technologies and services,” said Bob Latta, the Ohio Republican who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection panel. “Our work is not done and we will continue to perfect language as we prepare to move quickly to full-committee markup.”

The legislation would ban all states from regulating self-driving cars, software, and services. Google, Tesla, and other stakeholders want to see the legislation pass, as some states have been slower to legalize parts of self-driving, while others have asked for a lot of private data in return for access to public roads.

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Numerex Awarded Multi-Year Asset Tracking Deal With Federal Emergency Management Agency

Numerex Awarded Multi-Year Asset Tracking Deal With Federal Emergency Management

Company Partners with Software Tech Enterprises to Deliver Solution.

Numerex Corp, a leading provider of enterprise solutions enabling the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced their partnership with Software Tech Enterprises, Inc (STE), a provider of Information Technology (IT) services to Federal, State and local government agencies.

This partnership will provide satellite tracking systems to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), enabling real-time visibility to high value assets like critical equipment and materials for disaster relief assistance. These asset tracking solutions allow logistics managers to track and manage tens of thousands of assets in the field, especially in times of little or no cellular service and connectivity.

FEMA, part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is the nation’s preeminent emergency management agency. The Numerex and STE program allows FEMA to maintain continuous visibility throughout the disaster supply chain which includes FEMA-owned assets and resources. FEMA has been using Numerex’s advanced satellite asset tracking systems since 2009, but now through STE, future growth opportunities may exist by expansion of the FEMA program or by furthering the program’s reach into additional federal agencies (OFAs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), state and local governments, as well as the private sector.

Marc Hoffmann, Numerex’s VP of Enterprise IoT commented:
“Numerex is pleased to maintain this highly successful program in partnership with STE with the critical mission of providing vital supply chain visibility to FEMA and other emergency response stakeholders.”

“Our platforms and technologies are optimized to perform reliably in the most challenging disaster environments and we are proud to support our nation’s first responders.”

In addition to state of the art asset tracking technology, the STE and Numerex teams provide ongoing logistics and operational support as part of an end-to-end managed service solution.

Dwayne Jackson, Software Tech Enterprises President/CEO added:
“Our teams’ unique systems expertise and extensive experience managing government technology services enable this best of class asset tracking program. We are excited about working with Numerex and look forward to expanding our partnership in the future.”

For more information, go to www.numerex.com/satellite.

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