A bipartisan Senate group has requested that the Government Accountability Office determine the impact Internet of Things technology has on the U.S. economy and end users.
The request came after the Senate passed a bipartisan resolution that calls for the government to develop strategies to drive adoption of connected systems, Sen. Deb Fischer’s (R-Neb.) office said Tuesday.
Fischer and fellow Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) told GAO Comptroller General Gene Dorado in a letter they want to know if federal agencies use the technology and coordinate IoT oversight.
The senators also asked GAO to examine how the platform can affect the privacy and security of consumer information and whether usage will trigger spectrum capacity opportunities and limitations.
They also want the agency to determine if federal law changes are necessary to manage IoT.