Testimony Before the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade on IoT

March 24, 2015

The Internet of Things (IoT) encapsulates the idea that ordinary objects—from thermostats and shoes to cars and lamp posts—will be embedded with sensors and connected to the Internet. These devices will collect a treasure trove of data that can be used to enhance public safety, public health and the economy, while improving society in general for everyone. With this technology quickly becoming ubiquitous, the number of connected devices could exceed 40 billion by 2020, policymakers need to develop a framework that ensures that we will receive the full benefits of this growing revolution. In testimony before the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, Daniel Castro argued that efforts to formulate IoT policy need to balance the need for strong privacy and security practices with continued innovation and technological development.