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Smart Car Legislation Suggests Different Approach To Internet Of Things Regulation

On February 11, Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) announced legislation aimed at establishing federal data security and privacy standards for Internet-connected automobiles (“smart cars”). This...more

Federal Trade Commission Guidance on the Internet of Things

On January 27, 2015, the FTC released its Staff Report on the so-called “Internet of Things” (IoT) – the ability of everyday objects (from refrigerators to wearable devices) to connect to the Internet and send and receive...more

Eye on Privacy Newsletter - February 2015

In this issue: - Privacy and Data Security in Transactions: What's the Deal? - Consumer and Financial Institution Class Actions Survive Motions to Dismiss in Target Data Breach Litigation - California Amends...more

Advertising Law - February 2015 #3

FCC Chair Announces New Net Neutrality Regs - The battle over net neutrality took a new turn when Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced his intention to reclassify broadband service as a...more

Senators Trying to Hit the Brakes on Smart Cars, Citing Privacy and Security Concerns

On February 11, Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) announced that they would introduce legislation intended to address the data privacy and security vulnerabilities with Internet-connected cars. The...more

From Carjacking to Carhacking – Lessons for the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is coming and perhaps the first place we will see the proverbial rubber hit the road is with something near and dear to Americans – our cars. The ever increasing connectivity of cars is creating a...more

Internet of Things – When your yogurt pots start talking to you. Towards an EU Approach?

“When your yogurt pots start talking to you“. Do you remember? This was the start of a call for action from the European Commission on Internet of Things back in 2009....more

Advertising Law - February 2015 #2

Podium P-O-V: Observations From Marc Roth on ERA’s Great Ideas Summit - I recently had the pleasure of participating on an “Advocacy Update” panel at the Electronic Retailing Association’s Great Ideas Summit in Miami...more

A Guide to the Internet of Things

With the Internet of Things (“IoT”) comes yet another technology-driven advancement that challenges businesses with promising opportunities and potentially vexing responsibilities. In particular, manufacturers and retailers...more

Is Privacy Dead?

If the Internet and social media have not already killed privacy, Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT) are likely to finish the job. As 91 percent of American consumers agreed in a recent Pew Research Center survey,...more

FTC Offers Privacy and Security Guidance for Medical Devices in 'Internet of Things' Report

On January 27, the FTC issued a 71-page Staff Report on the privacy and security issues with the Internet of Things. As we’ve noted in our previous blog posts, the Internet of Things (“IoT”) refers to the growing ability of...more

FTC Staff Report on Internet of Things: Recommends Self-Regulation “Best Practices,” But Leaves Key Issues Unresolved

The Federal Trade Commission released its much anticipated staff report on January 27 regarding consumer privacy and data security concerns arising from the emerging market for connected devices known as the Internet of...more

FTC Issues Landmark Report on Internet of Things

The FTC has released its much anticipated report on the Internet of Things (“IoT”) – a topic that has been top-of-mind for many companies. The FTC’s report, “Internet of Things: Privacy & Security in a Connected World” (the...more

Is Your Refrigerator Spying on You?

Door locks, cameras, fitness bracelets, home security, thermostats, refrigerators, utility meters, light bulbs, and cars. The list of the things and devices that can collect information about you and send it into the big...more

Internet of Things: Federal Agencies Offer Privacy and Data Security Best Practices

The recently released Federal Trade Commission staff report, Internet of Things: Privacy & Security in a Connected World, provides companies with insight into the FTC's consumer privacy and data security expectations for the...more

Alert: Federal Trade Commission "Internet of Things" Report Stirs Debate over Consumer Protection in a Connected World

On January 27, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a staff report titled Internet of Things—Privacy and Security in a Connected World. The report summarizes the topics discussed and input provided by...more

FTC Releases Extensive Report on the “Internet of Things”

On January 27, 2015, U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) staff released an extensive report on the “Internet of Things” (IoT). The report, based in part on input the FTC received at its November 2013 workshop on the subject,...more

FTC Recommends Privacy and Security Best Practices for the "Internet of Things"

The Federal Trade Commission released a staff report on the Internet of Things, recommending ways companies can minimize the data they collect, suggesting specific steps to increase security of connected devices, and...more

2014 Mobile Privacy and Security Trends and What to Look for in 2015

Most analysts and commentators agree that 2014 was the year mobile reached a tipping point. With over 1 billion mobile smartphones in circulation, 2014 marked the first year that mobile Internet usage surpassed desktop use in...more

Top 5 Internet of Things predictions for 2015

Internet of Things has been the centre of the attention of the global market during 2014 and everyone is curious to see what will happen in 2015. Here is my personal list of predictions relating to legal issues that will...more

Status Updates - November 2014 #12

Forget me not. Twitter launched just eight years ago with this tweet from company co-founder, Jack Dorsey: (Please see photo below.) (Not nearly as dramatic as “Mr. Watson—come here—I want to see you”— but I digress.) ...more

Internet of Things – Top 10 privacy and data protection concerns

As we discussed in our previous posts, there are a number of positive trends that make the Internet of Things a long lasting evolution. Hardware is improving, there is an increasing understanding from the industry of the...more

The big data security risks of little things

We've focused so much about Big Brother and Big Data that we may be missing the real data security threat — little things. A tremendous data flow is being generated from the so-called Internet of Things, the interconnected...more

Align by Design: Global Privacy Authorities Weigh in on the Internet of Things

The rapid growth of the internet of things has sharpened public focus on consumer data protection practices. On October 14th, the 36th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Officials offered its views on...more

Internet of Things and three encouraging trends

During the Technology Leaders Summit which was held this week in the Silicon Valley we discussed how the Internet of Things will change our everyday life. We have moved from an era of scarcity to computing abundance....more

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