The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has just announced a series of three different seminars that will focus on emerging consumer technology issues (www.ftc.gov; “FTC to Host Fall Seminar Series on Emerging Consumer Technology Issues”).

Each seminar will focus on a separate topic that will be of ever increased importance to consumers and their privacy. At the moment, the FTC is inviting public comments on the events. Each seminar will run for three hours, with speakers drawn from multiple private and public sectors.

The three seminars with their respective topics and dates are as follows:

  1. September 7th: Ransomware;
  2. October 13th: Drones; and
  3. December 7th: Smart TV.

The seminars will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Constitution Center, 400 7th Street SW, Washington, D.C.

Registration for the seminars is not yet open. I’ll be keeping an eye out for that information since I’ll want to attend and will want to alert others about when they can sign up.

These are very important topics, with multiple complex questions. I commend the FTC for tackling them so that policy makers can be informed about these critical consumer privacy issues.