Internet of Things
The Internet of Things is when devices and tools – cars, home appliances or medical products – are embedded with software, sensors and electronics which enable them to connect with the internet and produce and exchange data. According to estimates there will be 75 billion connected devices in 2025.
There are potentially huge benefits for consumers in the Internet of Things. Consumers can control appliances from a distance, products can be fixed remotely and your medicine box could remind you to take your pills. However, there are also risks such as 24/7 surveillance by business, complex liability questions for instance when a self-driving car causes an accident or risks of remote interference by third parties like being cut off from electricity remotely.
BEUC is working to close loopholes in legislation and enforcement bodies to check if connected products comply with the law.