A private group has lodged a formal complaint against Samsung’s new smart TVs, according to an article by Nick Wingfield on the New York Times Bits blog. The group, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), has brought the complaint to the Federal Trade Commission, where it has previously fought against the likes of Facebook and Google.
It seems to be turning into a real headache for the company, which has found itself embattled on the smartphone front, and may have been looking to Internet of Things devices like smart TVs to pick up the slack. But it’s an important development for all concerned with the IoT industry, as federal regulators have struggled with how to legislate privacy and security matters relating to the burgeoning field. Messy cases like this one may be the only practical way forward in setting such standards.