The ‘Internet of Things’ – smart devices that transmit data over a network – offer myriad benefits to European society, from helping people keep track of their fitness and providing drivers with live traffic information, to monitoring air quality and automating homes and factories. But the forthcoming ePrivacy Regulation (ePR) could throw sand in the gears of such progress by unnecessarily regulating Internet of Things (IoT) devices. To fix the problem, EU policymakers need to clarify that the ePR should not apply to most IoT devices.
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