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While civil liberty groups express no surprise that the government plans to use the Internet of Things to spy on people, companies and consumers weren't expecting it so soon.

Fortune staffer Stacey Higginbotham reports that, recognizing that Uncle Sam may want to use smart devices to trace and track threats and risk, manufacturers and software producers of such devices can take steps to make the data trail nearly impossible to follow.

Andreas Gal is CEO and founder of Silk, a connected home device that contains a camera with facial recognition capabilities. Gal is taking action to make sure the product is keeping users' information safe and secure by encrypting user information before it is sent.

“In the future, intelligence services might use the (Internet of things) for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials.” says U.S. director of national intelligence, James Clapper.

“The government can order us to reveal the data, but all we can give them is the encrypted stream,” Gal says. “So that means to get the data the government has a harder path. They must go get the physical device, but that is a different order of magnitude of difficulty and that’s much harder to do in an unnoticed and broad way.”

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