The European Parliament has passed a resolution supporting an "internet of things", but MEPs warned that the effects on health, privacy and personal data protection needed evaluating.
The "internet of things" is the term commonly used to refer to the connection of everyday objects to the internet, with information on products stored, received and transmitted wirelessly via a small chip attached to that product.
Real-time information including inventory management, organisation of public transport, pollution levels and even tyre pressure could be collected.
The economic and research opportunities are immense, according to MEPs. Although the resolution was adopted by an overwhelming majority, citizens will have a right to opt out of the data collection scheme, by buying chip free products.
In a second resolution, MEPs called for more attention to be given to questions of internet governance.
Governments should avoid involvement in the day-to-day management of the internet, which is carried out by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), said MEPs.
They should instead focus on infrastructure security, privacy, data protection and dispute settlement, while ensuring respect for the EU's fundamental values, said MEPs.
The European Parliament also called on Icann's funding structure to be diversified. It has been criticised in the past for being too closely allied to the US government.
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