Spotlight: The Internet of Things has a problem with 'Things'

If inventory systems become automated to the extent that they can track your purchases passively in real-time, is your privacy being violated?

One of the least delightful new marketing metaphors of the present day is the application of "Internet of Things" to any process that may involve an inanimate object. By that definition, any cable news channel could be an IoT leader. But the most recent permutation is the idea that if a process collects data about a thing that you may be using, perhaps from the thing itself, then that is "communication." And--gasp--there's no privacy policy associated with that. So if a can of soup, for instance, registers itself in your grocery store cash register as having been purchased by you... should the grocer give you an option to opt out? Literally, that's a question.

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