The Government Accountability Office has warned thatÂ the rapid emergence of internet-of-things technologies could present challenges in the areas of information security, privacy, safety, technical standards and economy.
GAO said MondayÂ it believes unsecure IoT devices, networks or cloud serversÂ in homes, factories and communities can be compromised in a cyber attack.
The agency added that smart devices such as fitness trackers could collect personally identifiable information from users without their consent and suchÂ information could be sold to companies and used in ways that consumers did not expect.
IoT-based platforms could also cause economic disruptionsÂ such as a decreasedÂ need for certain businesses and jobs that requireÂ individual interventions, includingÂ assembly line work and commercial vehicle deliveries, according to GAO.
GAO urged public and private organizations to develop and implementÂ technical standards to manageÂ communication between connectedÂ devices and systems.
The agencyÂ reviewed reports and scientific publications, facilitatedÂ two expert meetings withÂ the National Academies and interviewed officials from two agencies as part of the IoTÂ study.