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Internet of Things Privacy Concerns

FBI Issues Warning about Internet-Connected Toys

We previously reported about the microphone and video capabilities of Echo technology. The FBI is also concerned about this technology being used in toys that are connected to the Internet....more

Privacy Tip #95 – Echo Show Drop In Feature

I don’t own an Echo, and Alexa is not listening to all of the conversations in my home. If that were the case, I would have no credibility in writing weekly Privacy Tips....more

In the Privacy of Your Home

By now, it’s pretty common knowledge that Alexa has been on a dollhouse shopping spree, and is also helping to solve a murder. Clearly, Alexa cannot be trusted and that’s why she has only limited trigger words, including...more

Privacy and the Internet of Medical Things: What’s a curmudgeon to do?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

One of the authors of this piece uses a medical device that is wirelessly networked to the device’s vendor. The author recently received a text message from the vendor, sending “congratulations” for using the device for an...more

Lawyer’s Pants Literally Catch on Fire and Alexa to “Testify”: eDiscovery Trends

by CloudNine on

OK, this first story isn’t exactly an eDiscovery story, but it’s too good to pass up… Here’s a question for you: Would you believe what a lawyer was telling you during closing arguments if his pants were, literally, on fire?...more

NTIA Highlights Promise and Policy Challenges of IoT, Seeks Additional Comments

by Hogan Lovells on

On January 12, 2017, prior to the new administration taking power, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) within the Department of Commerce (Department) released a Green Paper on “Fostering the...more

Privacy and Data Security: 2017 Year in Preview

by Polsinelli on

Few issues keep executives awake at night more than Privacy and Data Security. New regulations and threats alike are plentiful, varied, and evolving. The rate of change for cybersecurity and information governance continues...more

Strengthening international ties – Can support increased convergence of privacy regimes

by Hogan Lovells on

The internet has become today’s global trade route, and personal data is one of its major currencies. The growth in the digital economy is impressive. One study found that economic activity taking place over the internet is...more

"They Can't Do That To Our Pledges; Only We Can Do That To Our Pledges”: Admiral, Big Data, Privacy, and The Internet of Things

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Anyone who has ever bought insurance, resented the premium, contested a claim denial, or piled up hours and papers dealing with insurers would welcome anything that promised to lower their rates. Admiral, a British insurer...more

DOT Issues Proposed Cybersecurity Guidance to Automotive Industry

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Vehicle-related cyber incidents could have devastating and deadly effects, particularly as cars and trucks become more highly automated and rely more heavily on wireless technologies. To combat this threat, the U.S....more

What is the FTC Doing About Privacy and Drones?

by Orrick - Trust Anchor on

Last week, as part of its Fall Technology Series, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) hosted a much-anticipated workshop to explore the privacy concerns associated with drones. Although many in the audience hoped that this...more

Worker Privacy and Security in an Internet of Things

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the phenomenon of everyday objects like phones, refrigerators, and cars connecting to the internet in order to send and receive data. While the IoT promises a future of convenience and...more

DOT Shifts Into Gear on Self-Driving Cars and Issues New Automated Vehicles Policy

by Perkins Coie on

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a comprehensive policy on “automated vehicles,” more commonly known as self-driving cars. Part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, NHTSA is the...more

The Impact of the Smart Home Revolution on Product Liability and Fire Cause Determinations

by Wilson Elser on

The concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) has existed for more than 15 years. Technology pioneer Kevin Ashton is widely credited with coining the term in 1999 to describe the connection of physical objects to the internet...more

[Webinar] The Internet of Things: Legal Risks in a Connected World- August 31st, 1:00pm CST

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Join Richard Martinez, Partner and Chair of the Privacy and Cyber Security Litigation Group; Kerry Childe, Sr. Corporate Counsel, Privacy and Information Policy, Best Buy; and Ari Lukoff, Associate, Intellectual Property and...more

Advertising Law - July 2016 #4

Sen. Franken Hits Pause on Pokémon GO - After the Pokémon GO app was downloaded approximately 7.5 million times in the United States alone in its first week of release, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), the chairman of the...more

Internet of Things: FTC Settlement Again Emphasizes the Need to Protect Consumers

by Nossaman LLP on

On February 23, the FTC announced that computer hardware maker ASUSTeK Computer, Inc. agreed to settle charges that it allegedly failed to protect consumers as required by federal law. The announcement of this settlement is...more

The Internet of Things and the FTC – Don’t Be the Test Case

by LeClairRyan on

Kevin Ashton, an expert on digital innovation, stated 15 years ago that, “If we had computers that knew everything there was to know about things—using data they gathered without any help from us—we would be able to track and...more

Managing the Cybersecurity Risks of the Medical Internet of Things

The cybersecurity ramifications of the Internet of Things (IoT) are perhaps nowhere more crucial—potentially a matter of life and death, in fact—than in the realm of medical devices. Until recent times, a potential hack of...more

"Intellectual Property and Technology News (Asia Pacific) - November 2015

by DLA Piper on

Welcome to the latest Asia Pacific Edition of Intellectual Property and Technology News, our biannual publication designed to report on worldwide developments in intellectual property and technology law, offering perspective,...more

San Francisco Launches First “Internet of Things” Wireless Network in United States

by Reed Smith on

With the onslaught of smart watches, smart thermostats, and even smart refrigerators that allow you to Tweet hungry messages to your followers, it’s only natural that a “smart city” would follow. This week, San...more

Three Trending Topics in IoT: Privacy, Security, and Fog Computing

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Cisco has estimated that there will be 50 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices connected to the Internet by the year 2020. IoT has been a buzzword over the past couple of years. However, the buzz surrounding IoT in the...more

How Private is that Connected Car? US v. EU

by DLA Piper on

Among the fastest growing sectors in the industry of smart things is the connected car. No longer a simple way from point A to point B, cars now comprise a computer, cell phone and camera all rolled into one motorized...more

House Judiciary Subcommittee Holds Hearing On The Internet Of Things

by King & Spalding on

In a July 29, 2015 hearing, lawmakers asked a panel of witnesses—all industry representatives—about the current and future challenges facing the Internet of Things, and what role, if any, Congress should play in addressing...more

The Internet of Things and the Inevitable Collision with Products Liability PART 2: One Step Closer

by Wilson Elser on

The Internet of Things and the Inevitable Collision with Products Liability, published in February 2015, identified a number of factors leading to the emergence and phenomenal growth of the Internet of Things (IoT). It also...more

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